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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

Easy/Intermediate

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0.8 mile 1.2 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 347' 106 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,294' 1,614 m
Low: 4,947' 1,508 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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

Michelle Kras

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.

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Jun 30, 2019
Scott Wilhelm
Jun 24, 2019
Carter McFall Jr.
May 18, 2019
Kerry Pless
10h 00m
May 5, 2019
Dalana Parker
Apr 27, 2019
John Gardner
Short hike with gentle climb to the top. Beautiful views! — 12h 23m
Mar 28, 2019
Chad Dean
Apr 20, 2018
Dan O
nice quick hike
Dec 29, 2017
Katie Knowles

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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in Asheville

#7131

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#4

in Asheville

#256

in North Carolina

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