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Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower Trail

moderate(191)
Cherokee National Forest

Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Unicoi, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,863 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

running

forest

views

wildlife

This is a fairly new trail that is well maintained. The views from the tower are awesome. The trail traffic is heavy on weekends.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate. Stay on the green diamond blazed trail the entire time. Once you come to the road, cross it, and pick back up with the green diamond trail, not the red diamond. We mistakenly took this trail for a half mile down. I should have researched it a little more before I started so it was totally my fault for doing that. I took one star off for the view because of another tower blocking the view in one area. No big deal, but it is there. A few people were on the trail hiking and there were probably an equal number of mountain bikers using the trail. Some people take an alternate route and not the one described for this page. Overall, the hike is moderate because of the distance and it is worth the effort.

Pinnacle fire tower is a great hike for exercise, but doesn’t have much in terms of view until you get to the top. Even so... Definitely worth adding to your list.

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyable trek. Nice gradual assent. The views from the fire tower are amazing!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Very well maintained! I did this hike with my small dog. It was a Saturday so there was a lot of bikes going up and down the trail. It freaked me out a little on my way down because a bike would be right behind me before I could even hear it. I was afraid my dog would run out in front of them. The view from the top is gorgeous. Saw a couple deer while at the tower. LOVE LOVE LOVE how they have the mile marker signs.

hiking
5 months ago

Well-maintained trail with gentle but steady grade. The trail is mostly wooded, but there are a couple of views on the way up. The view at the tower is amazing. 360'

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Nice long trail with ample shade. Well marked. Be prepared for a long hike and bring plenty of snacks!!! Tower itself had very steep steps but the views were incredible. Worth the 9 miles!

Great hike.

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Great 360 views from the top of the fire watch tower. Totally worth the hike. Not sure steep but remember to take snacks and plenty of water. The bugs are annoying but nothing really bit us.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Moderate traffic everyone I passed was kind and courteous even on a bike.

hiking
9 months ago

Well maintained trail and tower

running
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Trail was really well maintained with not much traffic. The gradient is pretty lowkey, took us about an hour 45 to get up to the top at a leisurely pace for lunch and a great view at the fire tower. It can be a little cool and windy at the top so I’d recommend bringing a layer!

hiking
10 months ago

Great for hiking or exercise. Watch for downhill MTBs on your way out, it’s almost all singletrack except near the top.

Was pleasantly surprised by this one. Gorgeous trail and very well maintained. Had no experience with trash that some of the others mentioned, although the county has been working on construction at the bottom so it’s possible the area has received more attention than normal. Very pretty view at the top, would definitely recommend.

11 months ago

really like this trail,I've done it several times in different seasons. Easy hike with really pretty view at the top.

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

Easy trail to keep...but decent views from the top. Being in Erwin, litter everywhere, of course. The area around the firetower looks like a dump, pretty typical of the area. Decent hike mildly strenuous. My 5 year old made it up and back, so not too bad-would have been much better if clean.

Tue Jan 15 2019

Fun hike and is a great length for those looking for a long hike. Absolutely gorgeous and lots of plant life to examine.

hiking
Wed Jan 02 2019

Nice trail that is not difficult. 4 miles from bottom if you walk the road to the left at the parking area. It gets a little menotanous due to lack of views and things along the trail. Not bad if you drive to the parking area and hike the trail up from there.

running
Mon Oct 08 2018

Great trail running. Beautiful views at the top!

hiking
Sat Sep 22 2018

Incredible view! Earn it with the length but easy to moderate trail. Can run and bike it. So worth it no matter how you climb it!

Mon Jul 16 2018

Great hike and views. Steady incline the whole way up.

hiking
Mon Jun 25 2018

Moderate hike. Easy, steady incline for the first 3.5 miles and gets fairly steep from there to the top. There is a top parking lot for people who don't want to hike the lower 3.5 miles.

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