Look Rock Tower Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily 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, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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29 days ago

Easy paved trail. Uphill walk but great views

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. always have. I enjoy going when it's cold and less people. I also like the walk down to the picnic area. Very pretty. nice flowers. adds some mileage

1 month ago

I have been going to that mountain since I was 18 years old it is therapeutic for me managing my anxiety enjoying peace and quiet and the sounds of nature to clear my thoughts an think. I truly appreciate this part of God creatioñ the natural beauty of it ,

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1 month ago

Up hill paved trail in fair condition. Nice view from tower toward GSMNP and on other side toward Maryville, Alcoa, and Knoxville. Even though National Park is closed Foothills Parkway and this trail are open. Worth the trip.

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1 month ago

Nice, short, up hill trail with good views.

1 month ago

I hiked this trail with my family (two girls ages 8 and 6 and toddler son in carrier) Friday, April 3. There was no signage indicating it was closed. It was a good hike for the ages and experience level for my kids. They loved walking to the top of the tower and being able to see the lakes and mountains in the distance.

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2 months ago

Took our daughter in a jogging stroller. Plenty of room. Lots of dogs out but disappointed that people didn’t clean up after them. Dog poop on the paved walk.

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2 months ago

Nice paved path. Only 0.5 miles to the tower. Beautiful views! Path is steep.

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2 months ago

Nice little trail for a late afternoon or to catch the sunset. Mostly up hill but not terrible.

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2 months ago

Good walk to the top

Great view from the tower

hiking
2 months ago

The path is a little more strenuous than how most folks describe it. The first part of the path once you cross the Parkway from the parking are is steep, but it is paved. It’s a very good path to take for views. Also, if you want to make the hike slightly longer, you can hike to the picnic area.

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3 months ago

Quite walk in the woods with my daughter on a very cold day in February wind was howling like no other!

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flooded
3 months ago

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4 months ago

definitely easy. pretty views. paved trail. not sure why it recorded 67 miles....didnt start recording until at trailhead.

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5 months ago

Beautiful short trail for those just looking for some views. Path is well maintained and not too steep.

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5 months ago

Great trail for a quick hike with a beautiful view at the top. Plenty of areas to stop and rest along the way. Trail is paved but can be a steep for wheel chairs and root growth has raised the paved trail in places.

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6 months ago

The trail is brief with an unimposing elevation gain. It was an excellent opportunity to test our winter hiking attire after the season's first snow and before moving on to more difficult hikes that day. If you hike after snow/ice accumulation, the ramp to the tower will be slick.

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6 months ago

Definitely some pretty views from the tower and a cool weather station, but certainly not what I’d call a “hike,” but rather a paved walk up a ramp.

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7 months ago

Nice trail and great view but parking lot is not for vehicles with trailers or rvs at all, will need to keep that in mind

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7 months ago

Nice little hike thru the woods on a paved trail. Mostly all uphill to lookout tower and then back mostly downhill. Beautiful day for a hike. Lots of colorful leaves on the ground.

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7 months ago

Short, easy hike. Completely paved. Just past the lookout tower is presumably Look Rock.

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7 months ago

My family loves this local gem! We’ve been a dozen times. It’s a short drive into the mountains from town and a perfect way to get a little exercise with a wonderful view! The last time my 8 yr old and I went, we decided to hike it twice for an extra workout.

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8 months ago

A nice hike to the tower where you have a picture view of the mountains and of the cities below. Moderate incline to the tower. As a beginner it was a little challenging , but do able. Enjoyed it!

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9 months ago

Did this early April. Nice, easy. beautiful and it's now views of city landscapes and distant mountains. Picnic area was closed when we were there. I understand it's now opened.

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10 months ago

Definitely not 0.9 miles... it’s only 1/2 mile so it’s not a long walk at all! Extremely easy to get to, plenty of shade, and even some awesome rocks to climb and chill on with great views. The tower is amazing with spectacular views! Great spots for hanging eno’s as well. I definitely recommend for anyone!

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Sat May 25 2019

Nice overlook to see the mountains and cities in the distance.

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Wed May 15 2019

Worth the trip

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bugs
Thu Apr 18 2019

Paved throughout, so leave the hiking boots behind. A nice view and a cool tower at the end, but bugs kind of everywhere (early April). Worth a stop for the views, not so much the hiking.

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Sat Mar 30 2019

Easy well paved trail. There is a bit of incline. Great view from top

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