Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

MODERATE 48 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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

4 hours ago

6 days ago

Follow the gravel road up a slight incline to the tower (the trail is not marked). Be prepared for the strong winds at the top! Amazing views await those brave enough to climb the stairs to the top!

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13 days ago

Not really a hike, but that's ok because I just wanted to see the scenery tonight..quick 10-15 min walk up a gravel road to the tower area..the wind was insane and was shivering cold at the top of tower but the views were AMAZING!!! Deff worth checking out, not to mention the beautiful blue ridge parkway drive!

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1 month ago

Great hike with an amazing view! Went with a group of friends around sunset and we all agreed it was one of the prettiest sunsets we'd ever witnessed. If you have the chance, make sure you get this hike in!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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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3 months ago

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6 months ago

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

6 months ago

hiking
7 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
7 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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