The Clingmans Dome Observation Tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed through Friday, June 15, to complete a rehabilitation project that began last year.
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. To complete the project, they must apply a final surface overlay along the tower ramp.
While visitors will not be able to climb the tower, which offers the highest-elevation view in the park, the Clingmans Dome parking overlook area will remain open, providing outstanding mountaintop views. The visitor contact station and store, the trail to the tower and all accesses to area trailheads will be open as well, though some construction traffic will be present around the contact station and along the trail.
The work is funded through a $250,000 grant from Partners in Preservation awarded to Friends of the Smokies in 2016. Partners in Preservation is a partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to award grants to historic places across the country, providing $16 million in preservation funding since 2006.