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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.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 521 ft 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.

Do not block the gate. USFS personnel sometimes frequent this post, especially during fire season. Road forks to the left below gate. Stay on the graded road up the mountain.

From downtown Clayton, turn south on historic hwy 441 to the four way stop at Tiger, GA. From there turn right on Bridge Creek Rd for approximately 4.8 miles to Glassy Mt. Rd on the right. Stay on this road up the mountain to the gate and park to the side. DO NOT BLOCK GATE! Continue on foot uphill beyond the gate to the fire tower.

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Hadley Edwards
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steep but worth it!!

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J Collins
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Trail was great. Its a dirt/gravel rd hike up. Beautiful place to picnic once you get there. Takes 30 mins to get up to top. The fire tower itself-you can walk up the stairs but the main cab is closed.

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Hannah Blalock
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Steep little trek on pretty flat terrain. Perfect pick for a recently injured ankle. And beautiful views as a payoff! Definitely a fall hike as the walk up is probably pretty boring when the leaves are still on the trees.

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James Swaringen
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Emily Siegelman
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This is a great hike if you want something easy with views. There’s definetly an incline but it’s nothing too crazy. You walk up a gravel road and come to an open field with a little cabin and a firetower. You’re able to climb the tower but just the very top is locked. You’ll have AMAZING views!! Then there’s a picnic table to enjoy the views and eat some food :) recommend!! Just be careful driving to the start. It’s about 2 miles of gravel road that can get a little crazy at times. Take it slow and you’ll be fine.

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haley kendal
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Amazing views but that was the longest mile up hill that I've ever hiked

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KYLE OKELLEY
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Awesome views

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Stephanie Pierce
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Gorgeous views

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Becky Harrington
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Gravel road, steady climb, dry. We parked down from gate for a longer hike. Spectacular views. Top of tower is closed, but still offers panoramic views. Large grassy field at top.

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Jackson Hemingway
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Nice, dry, and quick hike with wonderful autumn views

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Jorgia Northrup
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Single lane road to the gate with limited pull off areas but we did not meet incoming traffic so it was not a problem. Road generally in good condition except on a couple of places. Actual walk up very night nice. Just slightly busy with other hikers.

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Luke Troyanek
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We spent 3 days hiking North Georgia and this was a top spot. Nice incline on the way up to the tower, great spot for lunch. Visibility was limited due to fog, but overall an amazing spot with 0 other humans around :)

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Olawuyi Oladokun
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Was a nice hike if you missed leg day;) straight elevation up. The views on the fire tower are amazing but it is locked to get to the tippy too, you can still enjoy the view. Greatly enjoyed sunset here

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Ed Wilmot
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Excellent and easy walk up the road. This was the perfect day to hike up here. Lowest humidity of the summer. Thus, the visibility was stellar. You can’t beat the views on a day like this.

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Brooke Wortham
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It’s a hard hike up, but it’s worth it! Family friendly...if you have older kids who like to be outside or smaller kids you can carry. Very cool!!

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Stephanie Cheeks
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J Collins
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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.

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Amanda Smith
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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.

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Allie Morse
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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.

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Tiffany Johnson
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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.

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Alex Puskas
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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

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Anna Pelino
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walk the gravel road to the summit and firetower

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Derek Moore
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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

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

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

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Jeremy Robbins
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Awesome views from the top totally worth it.

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Scott Armstrong
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Good view from the top

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

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Gary Henderson
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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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Whitney Miller
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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!

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