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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

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


     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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