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Black Mountain Fire Tower

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Suches, Georgia

Black Mountain Fire Tower is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Suches, Georgia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 567 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

historic site

You have to park at Woody Gap and then walk north about 150 yards along the side of the road to access the trail. Exercise caution, as the road shoulders can be narrow in places. This is a very rocky service road that has seen better days, and quite steep in some areas. At the top you are rewarded with a great panoramic view. There is also an old fire tower that has been converted into an antenna farm that houses an amateur (ham) radio repeater and Camp Merrill backup phone radio system, among others. There is a fence, so you won't have access to the actual tower.

hiking
1 month ago

This wasn’t really a hard trail. Super super windy when we when and there were bugs EVERYWHERE. I applied bug spray but you can just sort of expect to get bit up here. It’s not super wooded, path is wide and trees aren’t right up in you like they usually are, it feels more open. The fire tower gave a good view to eat lunch on though!!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

I made this climb after being overwhelmed with the number of people at preacher’s rock on a Saturday. The climb is a very, very steep gravel road, so I found it difficult. Unfortunately the tower and fence was locked, but the views very similar to preachers rock, but a little less expansive. However, it is much less trafficked which made for true peace on the top of the mountain.

hiking
rocky
Fri Jan 11 2019

Did this hike as an afterthought following a quick hike from Woody Gap to Big Cedar Mountain and back. It's a very rocky service road that has seen better days, and quite steep in some areas. At the top you are rewarded with a great panoramic view. There is also an old fire tower that has been converted into an antenna farm housing an amateur (ham) radio repeater and Camp Merrill backup phone system, among others. There is a fence, so you won't have access to the actual tower. You have to park at Woody Gap and then walk north about 150 yards along the side of the road to access the trail. Be careful!

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

hiking
Tue Jun 12 2018