Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, North Carolina 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 357 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 day ago

Frying pan! Been visiting this spot for years, and can always expect beautiful views from the trail and tower. The top is locked because I'm pretty sure the Forest Service still uses this tower.
But none the less, it's worth the mile and a half!

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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!

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7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
10 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
11 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).

11 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