Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, 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 but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles 357 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
4 days ago

Love this hike! It's easy and straightforward and the views are amazing!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice Hike up to the Fire Tower. Some Great views of Mt. Pisgah. Hiking a road all the way in.

hiking
26 days ago

Very nice short hike and kid friendly. Forest service tower half way with terrific views. Loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

Frying pan! Been visiting this spot for years, and can always expect beautiful views from the trail and tower. The top is locked because I'm pretty sure the Forest Service still uses this tower.
But none the less, it's worth the mile and a half!

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1 month ago

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4 months ago

So beautiful and pretty easy to find but the fire tower itself is a little rickety

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Park at the pull off area by the gate just west of the Funnel Top Overlook around mile 409.5. As everyone says, the trail/road to the top is nothing spectacular. But you do get a nice little workout on the climb up. The platform area of the tower is locked, but you can get most of the way to the top. It is definitely worth it for that amazing 360 degree view!

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked Frying Pan this morning. Basically you are hiking an old gravel road for about 3/4th mile uphill. There was not much to see on the way up except for the beautiful fall colors on the trees along the way. When you reach the summit there is a big TV transmission tower and a fire observation tower. You can climb the steps to the observation tower. It was a little breezy but the 360 views were quite awesome especially due to the vivid fall colors!

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6 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.

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hiking
8 months ago

Great for kids or people not in great shape. Great views at the tower. Would do again.

hiking
8 months ago

Not much to see going up. Gravel road path. The views at and from the fire tower are amazing and make the trek worth it.

9 months ago