Hike to the Smith Mountain Fire Tower (Lake Martin)

Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail

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.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Climbing equipment (optional)
  • Camera
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RT Distance 0.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 215 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic

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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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