Glassy Mt. Road to Fire Tower is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clayton, Georgia that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The current response to the COVID-19 emergency has closed several trails and recreation sites in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Please see website for up to date info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/conf/recreation Glassy Mt. Road to Fire Tower offers scenic 360 degree views from the fire tower at the summit. The road is gated a mile from the summit but is accessible year-round.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy to find. Take Glassy Mtn Rd (gravel) up til it ends, felt like 3 miles up. You will find two gates-one on left and on right -go right. There is a place for two cars to park on side. Then walk around gate on the right. Its a dirt gravel rd to the top. Someone said on here its kid friendly I feel like kids would want to be carried halfway. The road is good but its a steep moderately strenuous hike up. Takes about 35 mins. Once at top you can walk up the steps of the tower, thee is loose glass on the platform though. Down below in the field is a helio pad perfect for picnics, there is also a picnic table beside the old building under the tower. Very secluded, but signs there state to please not damage anything so they can keep it open to the public.

hiking
20 days ago

Long drive up a gravel road until it ends. There are no signs for a trailhead, but you can park at the end and continue on the gravel road. The view from the top is incredible, and even better if you go up the fire tower. There was even a picnic table at the top which would be a nice spot to bring a picnic lunch. Wasn't much of a hike since it was mostly walking up a gravel road, but it would be a good family-friendly hike. It is a pretty consistent incline the whole way up, but it's not a long hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! Having a lake house on Lake Burton, I’ve been itching to go to Glassy for years and so glad we finally went. Trail up was a little harder than expected based on previous reviews but a good workout and totally worth it. Took our dog and he even made it all the way up the tower! He was nervous but he is a good boy and not sure every dog would be willing.

hiking
1 month ago

Drive to the top until you see a gate on your left. Park and walk the gravel road to the fire tower. I didn’t see any other people but there weren’t any signs indicating the trail was closed to hikers. Pretty view at the top, you can go up the fire tower most of the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Long drive in. About 3 mile drive up gravel road to get to the trail head. When you get to the top, there is a gate to the left which seems to be residential, and a trail to the right, which is the path to the top. It is shot with bullets so you know it’s the correct path. It’s an easy trail. Gravel roads until you get to the top. One mile each way. Lovely views at the top with a panoramic view of lake burton and the surrounding area. The fire tower is slightly worn and all the windows are broken, but it’s a cool experience. Panoramic views all around

hiking
2 months ago

walk the gravel road to the summit and firetower

hiking
2 months ago

Agree with the previous mentions. It is a moderately steep walk up a well maintained gravel road. 360 degree view of surrounding mountain ridges and Lake Burton, especially from the stairs of the fire tower. Would likely be hot in the large clearing at the top in the summer but certainly a fun fall or spring walk up

hiking
2 months ago

Great Trail and even better view on this warm sunny day!

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely recommend! Super pretty view from the top. You cannot go inside the tower, but you can go up the stairs.

6 months ago

I did this one over the summer. The drive in on the gravel road was probably the most fun of the trip. There's a nice clearing at the bottom of the tower and we were able to ascend the stairs up the tower. Breezy day, nice views. Would recommend this one for beginners/ families with small kids.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome views from the top totally worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Good view from the top

hiking
9 months ago

First time hike! Amazing views! Great place to sit and think.

hiking
11 months ago

kind off along drive and the only real view is on top off the half locked watch tower would suggest trying in the fall

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Mon Jun 03 2019

cloudy day, but it was still a nice walk

hiking
Mon Jun 03 2019

I enjoyed the hike although it was a logging road. Great 360 degree views although it was hazy when we were there. The tower was open for us!

hiking
Fri Mar 15 2019

absolutely stunning. One of my favorite places on earth.

hiking
Sun Jan 06 2019

Certainly a beautiful view but not much of a scenic route. Glad I walked it and really enjoyed the view but it’s literally walking a road beyond a gate. I just prefer trails but nothing wrong with this at all.

hiking
Wed Nov 14 2018

Very cool little hike. The tower was partially closed, but also open to where you could climb up into it without too much problem. It wasn't easy, but wasn't hard either. There's a metal grate blocking the top two steps,but they have the rest of it open, which was a bit odd. The gravel road was not particularly rough so regular passenger vehicles can probably make it ok.

Tue Nov 06 2018

Short but steep hike to a great view. Be warned that the last 2 miles to drive there are on an unpaved road.

Wed Oct 31 2018

Felt long than 1 mile but beautiful views at the top!

Mon Oct 08 2018

Unfortunately the tower was closed but it was beautiful at the top anyway. You could still climb up the stairs of the tower, just couldn’t get into the actual top viewing area.

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

Beautiful view from the top.

Sat Sep 01 2018

we got there just before sunset. it was amazing. one of the best sunsets I've ever watched. I bet the sunrise would be amazing here as well. this would be a great place to stargaze if anyone's looking for an adventurous and romantic date idea! be sure to bring a flashlight if you plan to watch the sunset, the service road gets very dark, phone lights will not cut it.

hiking
Sat Aug 11 2018

Drive up until you reach the gate on the gravel road. the walk up is long but with it. I flew my drone and grabbed incredible footage

hiking
Mon Aug 06 2018

Once you parker stay on the gravel road. Do not take the road/trail in the curve when parking.

Tue Jul 24 2018

Simple uphill slight grade hike on a road/trail lined with wild flowers. The top has an observatory which offers a stunning 360 view of the North Georgia Appalachians. Good for all skill levels!

Mon Jun 25 2018

Beautiful area with a local myth; the headless raccoon hunter! Legend has it, that if you go coon hunting up in this area, that the headless raccoon hunter chases you off the mountain! All in all, I enjoyed the hike and my time at the fire tower.

Tue Apr 17 2018

perfect for my area.

hiking
Sat Mar 03 2018

love it

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