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Smith Mountain Fire Tower

Intermediate
 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Panaromic view of Tallapoosa River from the top of Smith Mountain.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Loop

733' 223 m

High

587' 179 m

Low

142' 43 m

Up

146' 45 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Access to Smith Fire Tower gives breathtaking views of the surrounding area. You'll find a beautiful forest surrounding the trail.

Description

The trail climbs steeply up Smith Mountain, where you'll do some moderate scrambling over rock outcrops to get to the summit. At the summit, you'll have access to the Fire Tower, providing panoramic views of the surrounding area. After visiting the tower, you'll make your descent back through pine and deciduous forest.

Flora & Fauna

Pine forest surrounds the trail. Recent wildfire has cleared most of the underbrush giving clear views. Look for fox, Great Blue Heron, and blue-billed ducks.

History & Background

The trail once provided access to an operating fire tower.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeffery Karafa

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

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  4.3 from 8 votes
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Photos

A fog rolls over the ridge below the fire tower.
Mar 7, 2017 near Dadeville, AL

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Jan 7, 2019
Bill Kormoski
Aug 26, 2018
Nathan Gillespie
Sweet spot for some sunrise photos. I would assume equally sweet for sunset photos. 0.8mi
Jul 10, 2018
Jared Baker
Nov 24, 2017
Beth Mowery