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A relatively short hike for great views on the lookout tower.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.2

KM

Point to Point

5,294' 1,614 m

High

4,947' 1,508 m

Low

347' 106 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views

This section of Blue Ridge Parkway is usually closed during the winter.

Description

Park at trailhead (milepost 409.6). There is a gate (always closed) - do not block the gate. Cross the gate and follow an old road up to the lookout tower. The road gradually climbs. Once you reach the top, a clearing will give you some views if you are too nervous to climb up the lookout tower. It can get windy up there, so it might be a good idea to add a layer before you climb up! The lookout tower sways and may make some feel uneasy, but it is relatively safe to use. You get great 360-degree views and there are spectacular fall color in October.

Flora & Fauna

Rhododendrons, mountain laurels, maples, pines and rudbeckias. Birds and deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Michelle Kras with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 11 votes

#10

in Asheville

#7266

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#10

in Asheville

#236

in North Carolina

#7,266

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Photos

From the lookout tower in October - beautiful fall color.
Jan 9, 2016 near Mills R…, NC
The road you head up...
Jan 9, 2016 near Mills R…, NC
Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower.
Jan 9, 2016 near Mills R…, NC
David entering Frying Pan Mountain Lookout Tower.
Jan 13, 2016 near Mills R…, NC

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Sep 9, 2023
Doug Maslowski
Sep 8, 2023
Gabriel Hennie
Well worth the steeper hike up 1.6mi
Aug 9, 2023
J W
Jul 20, 2023
Private User
Jun 3, 2023
Ryan Steed
Top of the tower was closed
May 28, 2023
Andrew Larey
6.9mi — 2h 37m
Jul 28, 2020
Kendallaki X
Fireroad with great views 0.8mi — 3h 00m
Oct 27, 2019
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