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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60891367
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031396
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains66396
4.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains142143
5.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains36070
6.Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge200125
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest152731
8.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest76054
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains166424
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains8112
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains173761
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains8019
13.Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains131623
14.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains51632
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains747100
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest107889
17.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region77817
18.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354124
19.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains30094
20.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3840Central Great Smoky Mountains12017
21.Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains71055
22.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439130
23.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest16021
24.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge49318

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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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