Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jacksons Gap, Alabama that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Short loop with great views
Absolutely Amazing. There are 3 trails that start at the top of smith mountain. They all connect and you can do a large 5 mile loop back to the fire tower. On this loop you will experience Rocky Mountainous terrain with great views, sandy beaches, Forrest and a trail carved right into the side of a cliff. This is probably my favorite trail and I have done lots of trails all over America. The diversity of the trail makes it really cool. It is moderately difficult with about 1000 ft of elevation change over the 5 miles (that's my guess based on experience.)
Do this trail it's awesome. You will be amazed
Easy hike with great views!
great hike beautiful view of Lake Martin from the tower
Great trail at Lake Martin.
Great trail to reconstructed fire tower atop Smith Mtn. 3.5 miles. Tower afforded exceptional views over Lake Martin and surrounding area. Lake level was low enough to do some "island hopping". Protect yourself from the sun and bugs.
Can't wait to return in the summer!
First time with family. Great little hike with wonderful views.
Fun trail & breathtaking views from the tower. Definitely wanna go back again.
Awesome to be able to climb a fire tower again, and this one is well maintained. Great view along the way up, but once at the top the view is amazing. Nothing but big sky in all directions. many thanks to the local groups and community for all your hard work to make this trail possible.
This is a short trail to the top of Smith Mountain. The hiking is fun but the real payoff is being able to climb up Smith Mountain Tower. Smith Mountain Tower is a restored fire observation tower that was put into commission in 2012. The members of the Cherokee Alpine Trail Association made it happen along with donations from local Lake Martin area businesses and people. The trail to the tower is not very long but it does gain elevation quickly. Once you get to the top, be sure to conserve come energy to climb the steps to the top of the tower. If you go in warm weather, be sure to start in the cool of the day and stay hydrated. The views from the tower are breathtaking. At this writing, other trails around Smith Mountain are under construction, and this summer there will be several miles of trails ready to go, all serviced from this parking lot.