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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

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RankPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains6092
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains4513
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains663
4.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains162
5.Fryingpan Mountain5340Great Balsam Mountains400
6.Albert Mountain5220Georgia Blue Ridge240
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest1547
8.Green Knob5100N NC Blue Ridge Crest800
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains1684
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains28
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains1737
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4740Great Craggy Mountains120
13.Joanna Bald4736Unicoi Mountains1361
14.Barnett Knob4685Eastern Great Smoky Mountains536
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains767
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest1098
17.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region798
18.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354
19.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains320
20.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3860Central Great Smoky Mountains160
21.Rich Mountain3690Bald Mountains750
22.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1449
23.Rendezvous Mountain2460N NC Blue Ridge Crest200
24.Panther Top2313Georgia Blue Ridge533

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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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