CMLC Hike to Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

Date of this event: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 10:30am
News and Events: Hikes And Outings

Come outside with CMLC on July 15 for a hike and adventure at Fryingpan Mountain! This hike will offer breathtaking views of much of the land CMLC protects in Henderson and Transylvania counties. 

The Fryingpan Mountain lookout tower is one of the tallest in western North Carolina, standing 70 feet above the summit. It was constructed in 1941 by the US Forest Service. This lookout tower was actively staffed for fire detection until the early 1990s when its use was decommissioned by the US Forest Service.

From the top of the lookout tower, view expanses of beautiful, undeveloped natural landscape. To view lands that CMLC has protected, look east and southeast. On the horizons and successive ridges below, many CMLC conservation projects are visible on a clear day including (from left to right) Little Pisgah Mountain (Florence Nature Preserve), Bearwallow Mountain, Shumont Mountain (Weed Patch Mountain & Chimney Rock State Park), Sugarloaf Mountain (Chimney Rock State Park), Queen Creek Mountain (Deerfields), Sharpy Mountain (Mountain Meadows at Turkeypen), and Rich Mountain (Camp High Rocks). More CMLC conserved land is visible farther below in the French Broad River valley as well as DuPont State Recreational Forest.

This hike is 1.4 miles round-trip and a total elevation gain of 400 feet. The hike is considered moderate difficulty and starts just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

This hike is FREE and open to the public! There is no cap to registration. However, RSVP is required! You may CLICK HERE to access the hike registration form. 

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