Do you remember clicking, clicking, clicking so that Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) could rehabilitate Clingmans Dome Tower?
This is no way to maintain a national park structure. I was very upset. See my post from last year.
But GRSM won the $250,000 grant from Partners in Preservation, so the tower will be repaired and stabilized.
Hot on the heels of a very successful Eclipse event at the Dome, park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed beginning today, Wednesday, August 23 until the end of the season to complete rehabilitation work.
The $ 250,000 grant was awarded last summer to the Friends of the Smokies on behalf of the park after being one of the top nine, most voted for parks in the Partners in Preservation: National Parks Campaign in 2016.
But what you want to know is this:
The Clingmans Dome parking overlook will still be open.
The visitor contact station and store, the trail to the tower, and all access to the trailheads in the vicinity will remain open. It’s just the Dome Tower, itself, that will be closed to visitors.
So get up there!