Look Rock Tower Trail

EASY 43 reviews

Look Rock Tower Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Maryville, Tennessee that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles
170 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



Hike from the Foothills Parkway to the Look Rock Tower (observation). The trail has a moderate elevation gain from the trail head to the observation tower. You will pass an air quality monitoring station along the way to the tower. The Look Rock Tower is a concrete observation tower that allows excellent views of the western side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

12 days ago

Short hike, loved the view! Definitely will go again soon

30 days ago

My reviews are from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

First the trail is easy to find, well maintained, and asphalt. It’s initially a little steep but I maintained 2.0 /hour uphill so it’s not too steep.

The photography from the tower is just average. There is no foreground interest and trees have started to crowd out the view from the tower creating a cluttered look to your photos. There are a couple shots of the mountain range to the east but you really need a small telephoto lens to compose it without the tree clutter

I would only take this hike if you are looking to stretch your legs. Better landscape photos can be obtained from a pullout about 3/4 further west on the parkway.

5 months ago

very easy. beautiful views.

6 months ago

great trail for the family. Very easy

9 months ago

Short, sweet, and million dollar views.

9 months ago

Moderately easy, short hike - we went just after fall so many leaves covered the trail and made for a slippery outing, but other than that the views of both the Smokies and Maryville/Alcoa are amazing.

10 months ago

great short hike

10 months ago

super easy hike to do with small children and the view at the top is phenomenal.

10 months ago

When we found out Clingman's Dome wasn't dog friendly we had to alter our plans. This was the perfect end to our weekend. Paved walkway and spectacular views on this short, half mile hike slightly uphill. Worth it as tired as we already were. Thank you for the app!!

10 months ago

We got a bit rained out but overall it was a fun hike with two toddlers.

11 months ago

Short and sweet paved trail offering great views.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Nice, short hike with great views

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Easy trail with awesome views

Sunday, June 05, 2016

This is not a bad hike, just not fair to rate it higher than 3 stars considering other places that give more rewarding experiences. The hike is short and definitely kid friendly. The views from the tower are the highest on the Foothills Parkway. At the end of it all you are on a man made structure and that makes it less of a hiking experience to me. I would recommend this for a quick morning or evening stroll if you are in the area.

Monday, May 23, 2016

This is just a paved trail to the tower. It's an easy short hike with a spectacular view from the tower.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pretty steep on the way up to the tower. The views were nice, but we were there on an overcast day just before a storm.

Monday, January 04, 2016

It was a beautiful short hike. There a few trails off to the side that weren't paved and where very nice. However the view was mostly the same and it was a very boring hike.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This is a family friendly little hike. I've been hiking up to the lookout tower since I was little. It is paved so it's great for strollers and small children. The views from the tower are amazing!

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