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Lookout Once Played A Vital Role In Protecting Surrounding Forests

Frying Pan Tower


Last updated 9/28/2020 at 3:04pm

A fire tower observer taking a reading on a smoke from a forest fire using an alidade. Combining the readings from several towers, a dispatcher could accurately pinpoint the fire's location and quickly direct crews to the scene.

Fire towers once dotted much of North Carolina's landscape. Strategically located, these towers and the men and women who staffed them were the front line of defense in the struggle to provide initial protection to our state's forests.

One such tower that remains today is the Frying Pan Lookout, which juts above the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Pisgah Inn in the vicinity of Mile Post 408.

Overlooking the Cradle of Forestry in America in Pisgah National Forest, Frying Pan Mountain Lookout was established in 1941 by enrollees from a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp that was then located at t...

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