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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

RankPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.Fryingpan Mountain5340Great Balsam Mountains400 
2.Albert Mountain5220Georgia Blue Ridge240 
3.Green Knob5100N NC Blue Ridge Crest800 
4.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4740Great Craggy Mountains120 
5.Joanna Bald4736Unicoi Mountains1361 
6.Barnett Knob4685Eastern Great Smoky MountainsNull 
7.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3860Central Great Smoky Mountains160 
8.Rich Mountain3690Bald Mountains750 
9.Rendezvous Mountain2460N NC Blue Ridge Crest200 
10.Panther Top2313Georgia Blue Ridge533 
11.Moores KnobNullEastern Carolina PiedmontNull 
11.Yellow MountainNullSouth NC Blue Ridge CrestNull 
11.Wesser BaldNullNantahala MountainsNull 
11.Flat Top MountainNullN NC Blue Ridge CrestNull 
11.Chambers MountainNullNewfound Mountain RegionNull 
11.Bearwallow MountainNullSouth NC Blue Ridge CrestNull 
11.ShuckstackNullWestern Great Smoky MountainsNull 
11.Cowee BaldNullCowee MountainsNull 
11.Mount CammererNullEastern Great Smoky MountainsNull 
11.Camp Creek BaldNullBald MountainsNull 
11.Mount MitchellNullBlack MountainsNull 
11.Clingmans DomeNullCentral Great Smoky MountainsNull 
11.Mount SterlingNullEastern Great Smoky MountainsNull 
11.Wayah BaldNullNantahala MountainsNull 

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List Description

This list shows major summits in western North Carolina that have lookout towers on their summits. Since many peaks in the Southern Appalachians are thickly forested to the very summit, the towers on these peaks offer fine views over the trees. Many of these towers are old fire lookouts, but others were build for the benefit of tourists (including towers on Mount Mitchell and Clingmans Dome).

Note that the Little Snowball fire lookout tower has been removed from the Northeast Peak of Little Snowball Mountain and reconstructed at a valley site, the Big Ivy Historical Campus. To get credit from the Carolina Mountain Club for completing this list, you must hike to the old mountain site, plus drive to the tower in its new location and climb it there.


     Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers (Barr)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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