The Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 15 to finish a rehabilitation project that began last year.
Although visitors will not be able to climb the tower, the Clingmans Dome parking overlook area will remain open, offering outstanding mountain top views. The visitor contact station and store, the trail up to the tower, and all access to the trailheads in the area will remain open.
Workers will be applying a final surface overlay along the tower ramp. Last year, contractors repaired deteriorated areas on the concrete columns and walls, stabilized support walls at the base of the ramp, and repaired stone masonry.
Visitors should expect some construction traffic in the area of the contact station and along the trail.