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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 Mountains6094
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains4523
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains663
4.Fryingpan Mountain5360Great Balsam Mountains440
5.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains182
6.Albert Mountain5240Georgia Blue Ridge280
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest1567
8.Green Knob5120N NC Blue Ridge Crest840
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains1704
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains48
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains1737
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4760Great Craggy Mountains160
13.Joanna Bald4756Unicoi Mountains1406
14.Barnett Knob4705Eastern Great Smoky Mountains556
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains787
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest1118
17.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region818
18.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354
19.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains340
20.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3880Central Great Smoky Mountains200
21.Rich Mountain3710Bald Mountains790
22.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1459
23.Rendezvous Mountain2480N NC Blue Ridge Crest240
24.Panther Top2333Georgia Blue Ridge573

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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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