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Hike To Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower Saturday


July 10, 2017

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The view from Fryingpan Mountain Fire Tower. Join Conserving Carolina this Saturday for this 1.4 mile round trip hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Join Conserving Carolina Saturday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. for a hike to Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower. The Fryingpan Mountain lookout tower is one of the tallest in Western North Carolina, standing 70 feet above the summit. It was constructed in 1941 by the U.S. Forest Service. This lookout tower was actively staffed for fire detection until the early 1990s when its use was decommissioned by the U.S. Forest Service.

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From the top of the Fryingpan Mountain lookout tower, hikers can view expanses of beautiful, undeveloped natural landscape.

From the top of the lookout tower, view expanses of beautiful, undeveloped natural landscape. To view lands that Conserving Carolina has protected, look east and southeast. On the horizons and successive ridges below, many of our conservation projects are visible on a clear day including (from left to right) Little Pisgah Mountain (Florence Nature Preserve), Bear-wallow Mountain, Shumont Mountain (Weed Patch Mountain & Chimney Rock State Park), Sugarloaf Mountain (Chimney Rock State Park), Queen Creek Mountain (Deerfields), Sharpy Mountain and Rich Mountain (Camp High Rocks). More Conserving Carolina-conserved land is visible farther below in the French Broad River valley as well as DuPont State Recreational Forest.

This hike is 1.4 miles round-trip and a total elevation gain of 400 feet. The hike is considered moderate difficulty and starts just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This hike is the last hike of the summer season, so don't miss out! Also, you may count this hike towards credit for Hiking Challenge 4.

This hike is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

To sign-up, visit

For more information and to learn more about our Hiking Challenge visit


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