Clingmans Dome had a much higher percentage of dead hardwood basal area than the other mountains.
Although Clingmans Dome has the lowest basal area in live hardwoods of the five mountains, it has the largest percentage of standing dead hardwood basal area.
Major mortality was nearly complete throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, except for Clingmans Dome which was sampled in 1990 during or slightly before completion of the initial wave of mortality (Table 1) (C.
In 1995, three permanent plots on Clingmans Dome and two on Mt.
Since the resampled plots were located on Clingmans Dome and Mt.
With mortality on Clingmans Dome, the last mountain in the Smokies to become infested, quickly approaching that on earlier infected mountains, the first wave of the cycle is nearly complete.
The road crosses Newfound Gap, 5,048 feet, and leads to a seven-mile road to the highest peak in the Smokies, Clingmans Dome
, 6,643 feet, reached via a half-mile hike from a parking area.
In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the unplowed road to Clingmans Dome
(7 miles) offers a route that climbs to the highest point in the park.