• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    200 Feet

Easy Parking

Beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Halls Top Fire Tower is a special untouched spot in the Cherokee National Forrest. The road that leads you into the CNF is known as Halls Top Road  just a few miles off of Interstate I-40. This road will take you 4.4 miles to the next turn onto Stone Mountain Road this road is 2.1 miles to the gate before the tower. 

On the way to the tower about 1 mile down Stone Mountain rd there is a great pull-off spot to set up tents and hammocks and a great place to make a fire at night with a well established fire pit. Also on Stone Mountain Road is an old cemetery from early settlers on the mountain some ranging back to the late 1700s. The cemetery area also has some small walking trails to explore. Once you reach the top of Stone Mountain Road at the gate you will need to pull your car off the gravel road and hike the rest to the top, in the case that the gate is open then you can just drive straight to the tower. Around the tower are other places to camp and to hang hammocks. While climbing the tower you must be very careful because it was built in 1934 and has not been renovated since so some of the steps may be rotten away.

Pack List

  • Camera 
  • Tripod 
  • Heavy Jacket for winter
  • Light jacket for spring and fall
  • Backpack with 10 essentials of survival
  • Tent if camping 
  • Hammock for relaxing in
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Great place to check out and watch the sunset!

2 months ago
2 months ago

Jared Beeler

Avid Hiker and Photographer from East Tennessee. I enjoy hiking and camping in the smoky mountains and blue ridge mountains.

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