Clingman’s Dome, Newfound Gap Road, and our 41st Anniversary…

After a lovely french toast breakfast, we packed lunch and headed out to Clingman’s Dome, along Newfound Gap Road. We noticed more color appearing on the Tennessee side of the park…

There are a couple trails that always lure a lot of hikers. Alum Cave Trail is one,

beginning of parked cars for Alum Cave Trailhead...

beginning of parked cars for Alum Cave Trailhead…


and Abrams Falls is another.
The colors along Newfound Gap Road have changed dramatically since the heavy rain and winds. Lower elevations are now turning,
Newfound Gap Road, heading to Clingman' Dome

Newfound Gap Road, heading to Clingman’ Dome


Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road


the trees are mostly bare at Newfound Gap…
the green foliage is primarily Balsam Trees and Rhododendron

the green foliage is primarily Balsam Trees and Rhododendron


The Beech Trees are a beautiful copper color…
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Heading up the mountain to Clingman’s Dome, traffic slowed and came to a standstill. Many just parked along the road and walked up, but I needed a close parking place as I wasn’t walking very far today. So, we creeped forward and found a spot to park. It was still quite cool out, but it was a beautiful day. Not a crystal clear view, but pretty good.
I asked a passerby to snap our photo together, as we were celebrating our 41st Wedding Anniversary. I am amazed just how long we have been married and how quickly the time has gone by. I want to enjoy every minute of whatever time we have left, and spend time with family and friends, and camp as much as possible!

The view from Clingman’s Dome was beautiful. No red berries this year on the Mountain Ash Trees, but the fall color seems about the same as we experienced last October.
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Clingman's Dome Visitor Center

Clingman’s Dome Visitor Center


I went in the Visitor Center, got my park stamp, and made some purchases. And, joked along with the staff. I should have gotten that guy’s picture. He was a volunteer, wore no name tag, and had quite a sense of humor.
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The return trip along Newfound Gap Road was beautiful and we saw a turkey… just one.
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view from our picnic spot near Newfound Gap

view from our picnic spot near Newfound Gap


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No picnic tables today, but we had a lovely tailgate lunch on Big Red.
Holly - tailgate lunch

Holly – tailgate lunch


view from tailgate

view from tailgate


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About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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3 Responses to Clingman’s Dome, Newfound Gap Road, and our 41st Anniversary…

  1. placestheygo says:

    The hike up to Clingman’s Dome is a real killer. That is one steep trail. The time we climbed it, it was freezing at the top!! I couldn’t believe the temperature change and the wind.

    There was still enough color in the leaves to make your drive very pretty. Great lunch view from the tailgate:)

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  2. placestheygo says:

    Oh, no, I forgot to say Happy Anniversary!! There aren’t many of us out there that have been married that long. We celebrated 38 years this past summer.

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