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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
(Avg)
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains6091
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains4513
3.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains1737
4.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains1684
5.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest1547
6.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1449
7.Joanna Bald4736Unicoi Mountains1361
8.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354
9.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest1098
10.Green Knob5100N NC Blue Ridge Crest800
11.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region798
12.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains767
13.Rich Mountain3690Bald Mountains750
14.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains663
15.Barnett Knob4685Eastern Great Smoky Mountains536
16.Panther Top2313Georgia Blue Ridge533
17.Fryingpan Mountain5340Great Balsam Mountains400
18.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains320
19.Albert Mountain5220Georgia Blue Ridge240
20.Rendezvous Mountain2460N NC Blue Ridge Crest200
21.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains162
22.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3860Central Great Smoky Mountains160
23.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4740Great Craggy Mountains120
24.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains28

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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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