Climb Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

Fryingpan Tower Parking Area

This old firetower is about 1.5 miles from the pull off, or parking area, at mile 408 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is not in use anymore, and the platform is locked, but beautiful panoramic views can be seen from the top of the stairs. I've heard tell of the sunrise views off the tower, but you'll contend with fog in early hours.

This is an extremely easy trail with a minimal incline. The tower, built in 1941, standing 70 feet above the summit, can be nerve wracking, even for those who aren't scared of heights.  However, most feel it's worth the view. Expect to see fellow hikers. On pretty days there can be a few people waiting at the base of the tower for their chance to climb the stairs.  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Light jacket (it can get windy up on the tower)
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest

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Frying Pan Lookout tower trail

Fairly easy trail just off the Parkway with nice views from the tower.

Beautiful views!

This tower is one of my favorites out of all the others in North Carolina. The views it provides on a clear day is absolutely amazing!

The fog is real!

Make certain to only make the trip on a clear day as I've hiked up to the fire tower only to see sheets of white. However, on a clear day, the views are incredible. I'd recommend watching the sunset over Pisgah National Forest.


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