Green Knob Fire Lookout Tower NC

Total Mileage: 1.1 Miles                                                Directions 35.717881,-82.222613

Total rise: 338′                                                                              Facebook

Hike Time: 1 Hour                                                                        My Pintrest

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Significance: Fire towers, views of the east coasts tallest mountain.

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Here is some of what you need to know: We got on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashville and headed north to get the Green Knob Lookout (the parking area for the fire tower). The drive was awesome, I mean if I saw nothing else this entire trip I would have left satisfied. You have to experience this.



1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map

2. Click on the flags for more information

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The trail head, click on picture to enlarge.


Let me explain this trail head because it is a little obscure…Pay attention. You will park at the Green Knob Overlook; stand facing the main road with the overlook to your back, make a right and walk up the road about 0.2 miles and the trail-head will be across the street. Be careful, the cars travel fast here.




From the road the trail zigs and zags as it climbs the 0.4 miles to the top. The forest is beautiful and the trail is easy to follow. It does not take long to get to the top. The former fire lookout appears out of the trees at 5,080′ of elevation
















Mount Mitchelle

You are surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 500,000 acre Pisgah National Forest. Of course the real star here is Mount Mitchelle; at 6,684′ it is the tallest mountain on the east coast. Its massiveness is diminished as you look from a height of 5000′, but not completely lost as it takes up most of the view in front of you. The late day sun destroyed all attempts to get a good picture, but seeing it live from an awesome fire tower is something I will not forget any time soon.




The Left of Mount Mitchelle

To the right of Mount Mitchelle











Below is a list of the fire towers we have hiked in the state. There are 24 fire towers on North Carolina’s fire tower challenge and it is a great way to see the mountains the western part of the state.

Panthertop fire tower           Joanna Bald fire tower

Green Knob fire tower          Cowee Bald fire tower

Barnett Knob fire tower        Clingman’s Dome

Frying Pan fire tower