Forneys Creek in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Great Smokey Mountain National Park
For decades visitors have enjoyed views from here on Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Smokies at 6,643 (2025m). This high point is named for Thomas Lanier Clingman, one of several explorers who studied and measured North Carolina's mountains in the 1850s.
Before the present concrete observation tower was completed in 1960, view-seekers climbed a wooden tower (right) to enjoy the vista from Clingmans Dome.
Workers (far right) put finishing touches on the ramp wall of the new tower in 1959.
Highest point on Mount Le Conte
Big Cataloochee Mountain
Cherokee (behind ridge)
Erected by Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Location. 35° 33.769′ N, 83° 29.91′ W. Marker is in Forneys Creek, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker can be reached from Clingmans Dome Road 7 miles west of U.S. 441, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Mark is located at the Clingmans Dome overlook 0.5 miles north of the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Bryson City NC 28713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Southern View (here, next to this marker); Northern View (a few steps from this marker); Western View (a few steps from this marker); The Top of the Smokies (approx. 0.4 miles away); And It Became Land (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mountains: Refuge and Healing (approx. 0.4 miles away); Indian Gap Road (approx. 4.3 miles away in Tennessee); Spared the Saw (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forneys Creek.
Also see . . . Great Smoky Mountains National Park. National Park Service (Submitted on August 18, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.