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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

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RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60891709 
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031753 
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains663138 
4.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains142199 
5.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains36096 
6.Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge200172 
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest152747 
8.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest76070 
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains166433 
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains8160 
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains72478 
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains8025 
13.Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains131636 
14.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains51643 
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains747141 
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest1078115 
17.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354160 
18.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains300124 
19.Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains71079 
20.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439169 
21.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest16031 
22.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge49328 

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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.

Note that Mount Noble and Chambers Mountain have been removed from this list in the 2018-2019 timeframe due to private land access issues.


     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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