The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Destination Hike: Yellow Mountain Fire Tower


Last updated 2/25/2019 at 2:50pm

Photos courtesy of Barnabas Froystad

A high point of the Nantahala National Forest, the panoramic views from the fire tower make it well worth the hike.

This week's destination hike is the Yellow Mountain fire tower above Lake Glenville. About an hour drive from Brevard, this stone foundation fire tower was built in 1934 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corp.

Staffed until 1969, the fire tower sat in disrepair until about 1985 when Forest Service staff member Ron Carnes spearheaded a restoration effort.

In 1992 the fire tower was recognized as a National Historic Lookout.

The Cowee mountain range is the highest range in the Cashiers and Highlands area, with the pinnacle being Yellow Mountain at 5,127 ft.

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