Clingmans Dome towers over the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains as the highest point in both the national park and the state of Tennessee. The mountain holds an ancient allure—the Cherokee treasured it, as did early settlers, and it captivates throngs of visitors today. Scarred by logging, invasive species and modern pollution, the mountain endures. Through lush narratives and fascinating detail, author Marci Spencer presents the natural and human history of this iconic destination, including Senator Thomas Clingman’s 1858 journey to measure the mountain and the 1934 birth of the park.

Marci Spencer is a certified NC Environmental Educator, a Blue Ridge Naturalist, and volunteer educator for Appalachian Bear Rescue.  She is author of two regional histories:Pisgah National Forest: a History, and Clingmans Dome, Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies.  Her children’s book, Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!” was inspired by true events.

Softcover; 208 pages; 6 x 9 inches
full-color photographs, b&w photographs, b&w illustrations