Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail

EASY 49 reviews

Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, 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.

0.8 miles
216 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly





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Short loop with great views

4 days ago

Had a great time hiking this Trail could only make it to the 8 story of the tower before I got scared and went back down. I can't wait to come back and do it again and try to beat my score of the 6th story

2 months ago

If you go past the trail head in the parking lot, there is a road access that turns into a paved access. A lot easier for those needing to use strollers and such.

3 months ago

Was a beautiful trail. Well marked with awesome views.

3 months ago

Awesome spot. Lots of history, reading, fire tower view is amazing if you aren't afraid of heights. I would not recommend this as easy either. It's short but steep in parts as well as rocky. May be difficult for people that are not sure footed, kids would be fine...lots to climb on.

5 months ago

Lovely trail, especially in the spring when everything is in bloom. The views are well worth the trip. While it is rated 'easy', it is slightly steep in places, can get somewhat narrow in spots and has a few small (but easy) scrambles along the way. The trail is very well maintained.

An alternate route to the fire tower is to go by road. The road is partially paved, and while it does have a gradual incline, it is wide, and very easy to traverse. The road is also a much quicker path to the tower.

5 months ago

Not a long trail at all but be prepared to hike an elevation the whole way to the tower. Awesome view from the tower, kids may be afraid of the height.

5 months ago

It was a beautiful trail we hiked up with no problem with our four year old. We would have went up the tower if the wind would not have been blowing so hard.

6 months ago

There are more routes to explore the trail. I uploaded the trail map photo.

8 months ago

Good short little hike. Definitely go up the tower. Great view!

9 months ago

A great family adventure! We expanded our. trek to include the lakeshore trail, which made for a nice four mile adventure. Highly recommended for multi-generational physical activity.

11 months ago

Mild to moderate for beginners.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Great view from the tower.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

It was steep in some spots and I wish I would have brought my poles and worn my boots. It had a great view and the fire tower is a must!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hiked the Little Smith Mountain Trail. This hike will not disappoint. Some of the best views of Lake Martin along this trail. Distance is about 3-miles with some narrow areas along the way. I would definitely rate this trail as moderate.
Will certainly visit again.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Great place to come for people of all ages. The trail to the fire tower is moderately steep in some sections, but is an easy fun approach to a 100-ft. fire tower on top of one of the highest elevations around Lake Martin. Views are great to say the least. Island Hop trail is a fun one to do when the water is down, and the Little Smith Mountain trail offers great views, second only to the fire tower itself. All-in-all, a great trail system, and many thanks to CRATA

Monday, February 27, 2017

Great trail with incredible views.

Friday, December 16, 2016

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Easy hike with great views!

Monday, November 14, 2016

great hike beautiful view of Lake Martin from the tower

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Great trail at Lake Martin.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Can't wait to return in the summer!

Sunday, March 13, 2016


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

First time with family. Great little hike with wonderful views.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fun trail & breathtaking views from the tower. Definitely wanna go back again.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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.

Monday, April 08, 2013

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.

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