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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

Showing Edward Earl's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (4 out of 24, or 16.67%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60891983-06-25
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031993-09-10
3.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains17371983-06-09
4.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains1664 
5.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest15272012-10-31 11
6.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439 
7.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354 
8.Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains1316 
9.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest1078 
10.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region778 
11.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest760 
12.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains747 
13.Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains710 
14.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains663 
15.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains516 
16.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge493 
17.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains360 
18.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains300 
19.Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge200 
20.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest160 
21.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains142 
22.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3840Central Great Smoky Mountains120 
23.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains80 
24.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains8 

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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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