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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M 
1.Mount Mitchell2037Black Mountains1856
2.Clingmans Dome2025Central Great Smoky Mountains1373
3.Mount Sterling1781Eastern Great Smoky Mountains202
4.Wayah Bald1628Nantahala Mountains43
5.Fryingpan Mountain1622Great Balsam Mountains110
6.Albert Mountain1585Georgia Blue Ridge61
7.Yellow Mountain1563South NC Blue Ridge Crest466
8.Green Knob1548N NC Blue Ridge Crest231
9.Cowee Bald1507Cowee Mountains507
10.Mount Cammerer1502Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2
11.Camp Creek Bald1476Bald Mountains529
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak1439Great Craggy Mountains25
13.Joanna Bald1437Unicoi Mountains 
14.Barnett Knob1422Eastern Great Smoky Mountains 
15.Wesser Bald1410Nantahala Mountains 
16.Flat Top Mountain1389N NC Blue Ridge Crest 
17.Chambers Mountain1371Newfound Mountain Region 
18.Bearwallow Mountain1290South NC Blue Ridge Crest 
19.Shuckstack1225Western Great Smoky Mountains91
20.Mount Noble Lookout Tower1170Central Great Smoky Mountains36
21.Rich Mountain1119Bald Mountains 
22.Moores Knob786Eastern Carolina Piedmont439
23.Rendezvous Mountain744N NC Blue Ridge Crest 
24.Panther Top699Georgia Blue Ridge 

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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.

Links

     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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