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Newport, Tennessee

based on 5 reviews



1 miles

Elevation Gain

200 ft

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Added by Jared Beeler

Halls Top Fire Tower offers beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Halls Top Fire Tower is a special untouched spot in the Cherokee National Forest. 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.

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We traveled up the road in an F 350 duly 4 door with an 8’ bed. This road is really a 1 vehicle wide road with very few places to pass another one. The 4.4 mile ride took almost an hour, with .5 miles to go the road got to rough and rocky to safely continue without possible damage or getting stuck. Big enough spot to park and turn the big truck around. 3 very tight up hill turns needed to be done in two steps to avoid going over the edge. Highly recommend at least 10” of clearance if you want to try to attempt the drive up. You could walk when the rocks and ruts get to big. Just find one of the few spots that allow room to get off the road. We where there 10/07/23, well worth the drive or walk, beautiful at the top of the tower. The first 12 steps are missing, the angle iron on the sides are good for climbing up. There was a plank missing on one platform, other than that and 50 mile an hour wind it was a great memorable adventure. Last week of October will be best for color in the mountains

Okay, so the first row of stairs ARE removed BUT! You can still climb if you're up for it. Just use the casings where the stairs used to be and tiptoe up the side, there's still a railing so you can hold your balance and make it up to the top. Flip of the coin though if the gate is unlocked or not. Careful though, about a 3rd of the way up there is a piece of wood missing that you could potentially step through. But once you make it to the top the 360 degree view is completely worth it. I stayed until dawn and got the two early morning shots I included here. So is it harder to get to than 1st appears? Yes. Is it doable? Heck yes! I'm a lifelong resident of Cocke County and it's still one of my favorite places to visit and hang out.

Cool area. They have removed the first row of stairs to the fire tower. Wanted to give others a heads up on the type of vehicle needed because I wish we would have known before going.

we attempted to make the tower for sunset, but when the gps lost signal and left us in a very remote location on the way up, with unpaved roads for miles, we turned around. we decided not to get lost in the dark with no signal so we turned around and never made it there. the drive up was a bit difficult and we couldn’t quite map it. read the directions to get there prior to the trip, since there is not signal for the last half hour of the drive.

Great place to check out and watch the sunset!

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