Fryingpan Mountain Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
#28 of 50 trails in

Fryingpan Mountain Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles 377 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


2 months ago

4 months ago

It is all about getting to and climbing the lookout tower for that view!

5 months ago

I gave it a 3 because the directions are wrong. It takes you to mount Pisgah area. The directions say it's on the right. There is no trail on the right of that area. We ended up driving on to the non labeled trail that took us to the frying pan tower which is only .8 miles up.

8 months ago

boring 1/2 mile trail but awesome views from fire tower

10 months ago

1 year ago

Pretty views at the top if you're not afraid of heights. The hike itself wasn't very memorable.

off road driving
1 year ago

Did not hike it but drove up the service road to work on the cell tower the views are great.

1 year ago

2 years ago

We hiked the service road portion of this at mile maker 409.5. I wish we knew there was a longer trail because the hike up the service road was pretty boring. The view from the fire tower was incredible and in my opinion a must do.

3 years ago

Way overgrown. I got less than half a mile in and gave up. May be fine in autumn or winter when there is less undergrowth.

4 years ago

The trail itself is less eventful than the destination (some nice wildflowers & butterflies though). There is an alternative access road (mile marker 409.5) 1.5 miles long from the BR Pkwy, the gate is locked and is used for utility vehicles, but the gravel road can be hiked & mountain biked. The old fire watch tower (70 feet tall) has several levels of stairs, the top is locked,it appears to be no longer maintained after closing in 1995 and would be at your risk. The view from the second level & up is a breezy 360 panorama (Cold Mt,Mt Pisgah,Smoky Mountains, the parkway). It is off the beaten path and only a few hikers come in off the camp ground trail as the general public would not know about it.

6 years ago

Not bad, but not great.