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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60891292
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031321
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains66391
4.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains142128
5.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains36064
6.Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge200113
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest152727
8.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest76051
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains166421
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains8102
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains173755
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains8018
13.Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains131621
14.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains51631
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains74791
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest107883
17.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region77817
18.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354111
19.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains30087
20.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3840Central Great Smoky Mountains12016
21.Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains71050
22.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439107
23.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest16020
24.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge49317

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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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