Hike to Barrett Knob Fire Tower

Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway 506 - Search Nearby - Added by Jared Beeler

Hike to a 360 degree view of the blue ridge mountains! Amazing hike to a great viewpoint and a great tower.

Your hike will start at the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway just a few miles from the start in Cherokee. The trail starts right off of the parkway in a very small easy to miss dirt road. There is a small area to park that then you start your hike up the dirt road right after the gate. The hike to the top is about a half mile. It is a small hike up is pretty steep. When you get to the top you can walk through the gate then climb up to the top of the tower. From the top of the tower you can see for hundreds of miles and you can see all the way to Cherokee, North Carolina. Also at the top is an abandoned house that has some cool areas to look at. 

Distance

1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

400 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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

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Don’t miss it.

Good uphill walk. You definitely will pass the hidden road. When you get on the blue ridge keep going. It is further down than what it leads to be. You will go through two tunnels. Keep going down and if you start going back down it means you have passed it. When we went the gate was open and you can just drive up to it. We decided to just park at the gate and do the walk. Was hoping to be able to go into the tower but it is locked. You can still go up it. Was a fun a leisure walk.

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