Hike to the Smith Mountain Fire Tower (Lake Martin)

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Distance

0.8 miles

Elevation Gain

215 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Edward Day

Climb the 80 foot Smith Mountain Fire Tower to get a gorgeous view of one of the largest man made lakes in the United States.

The Smith Mountain Fire Tower is the perfect location to get a glimpse of the vastness of one of the largest man made lakes in the United States. From the parking lot, the stroll up to the base of the fire tower follows a steep pathway for about a half mile. The hike is very easy to follow and there is plenty of parking.

In addition to the fire tower, there is also several boulders for climbers to explore. There are not many established routes through here and most spots around the boulders need some work to be able to have room to climb, but there are several climbable boulders. There is also one route that is bolted at the top for top roping.

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VIEWS

I am so much for lookout towers and special views. By looking at the pictures this tower has an amazing view. Must do!!

Fun Hike

Loved the hike, wasn't strenuous and it was a gorgeous view. Loved the other trails around the area as well.

Sunset Is Best

Great views anytime of day but especially sunsets. There are also a few trails around the area. One of those is the shoreline trail that leads to an island-hop trail that you can wade/swim to a small island when the water is low enough.

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4.3/5

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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