Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles 382 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

So beautiful and pretty easy to find but the fire tower itself is a little rickety

hiking
1 month ago

Park at the pull off area by the gate just west of the Funnel Top Overlook around mile 409.5. As everyone says, the trail/road to the top is nothing spectacular. But you do get a nice little workout on the climb up. The platform area of the tower is locked, but you can get most of the way to the top. It is definitely worth it for that amazing 360 degree view!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Frying Pan this morning. Basically you are hiking an old gravel road for about 3/4th mile uphill. There was not much to see on the way up except for the beautiful fall colors on the trees along the way. When you reach the summit there is a big TV transmission tower and a fire observation tower. You can climb the steps to the observation tower. It was a little breezy but the 360 views were quite awesome especially due to the vivid fall colors!

hiking
4 months ago

Great for kids or people not in great shape. Great views at the tower. Would do again.

hiking
5 months ago

Not much to see going up. Gravel road path. The views at and from the fire tower are amazing and make the trek worth it.

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hiking
7 months ago

It was a moderate hike up to the tower. Beautiful views, worth the hike. I would recommend climbing the tower as well.

hiking
8 months ago

There is considerable confusion regarding finding this trail. It starts at mile marker 409.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Park there and follow the gravel road.
The user who posted the track listed for this hike apparently started marking at house! Absurd! Use the BRPY mile marker (some 1.5 mile SW of the Pisgah Inn along BRPY).

9 months ago

went to the direction it gave me ended up someone's house

hiking
1 year ago

If you're going later in the year be sure to wear a heavy coat! The wind on top of the fire tower nearly knocked us over, but the 360° sunset view was amazing. It's a little easier than the moderate rating it has, especially with it's short length. Worth the trip.

hiking
1 year ago

The 70ft. firetower at the top makes this one of my favorite places on the BRP. You can climb the tower all the way to the top for 360 degree views of awesomeness!
The trail/gravel road to the top is approx 3/4 mile.....BRP milepost 409.6

My daughter and I hiked to the fire tower to see the sunrise. The hike up the forest road was short and fairly steep but easy going. The hike wasn't that interesting, although there were pretty wild flowers along the way. The view from the fire tower was spectacular though! Glad we went. It's windy in the tower, so bring a windbreaker.

hiking
2 years ago

Directions are wrong. Lead to cul de sac in neighborhood. Look for milepost 409.6 on blue ridge parkway instead.

hiking
2 years ago

This was my first hike ever and it was great. While there are some rough patches of slippery rocks, most of it is pretty standard dirt trail. When you get to the end of the dirt trail, there is a gravel service road, you need to take that up to the Observation Deck, but it's very well worth it. You get a 360° panorama view above all other mountains (I think there's only one that was higher) and I'm freaked by heights but still made it all the way up the Deck. Great experience and everybody was so friendly.

hiking
2 years ago

couldnt find the trail...google maps took me to forest dr in a residential area. didnt see any signs of a trail...

hiking
3 years ago

This is a great trail located in Western NC! There are lots of pretty flowers on the way to the summit. Especially in late spring-early summer. At the top is the best part. There are pretty mountains everywhere. If you want an even more spactacular sight, there is a tower that you can walk up, and that even gives you an even better view of the beutiful mountins in WNC!