Explore Halls Top Fire Tower

    1 miles 200 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Jared Beeler

    Beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

    Halls Top Fire Tower is a special untouched spot in the Cherokee National Forrest. The road that leads you into the CNF is known as Halls Top Road  just a few miles off of Interstate I-40. This road will take you 4.4 miles to the next turn onto Stone Mountain Road this road is 2.1 miles to the gate before the tower. 

    On the way to the tower about 1 mile down Stone Mountain rd there is a great pull-off spot to set up tents and hammocks and a great place to make a fire at night with a well established fire pit. Also on Stone Mountain Road is an old cemetery from early settlers on the mountain some ranging back to the late 1700s. The cemetery area also has some small walking trails to explore. Once you reach the top of Stone Mountain Road at the gate you will need to pull your car off the gravel road and hike the rest to the top, in the case that the gate is open then you can just drive straight to the tower. Around the tower are other places to camp and to hang hammocks. While climbing the tower you must be very careful because it was built in 1934 and has not been renovated since so some of the steps may be rotten away.

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    Need an off-roading capable vehicle

    Cool area. They have removed the first row of stairs to the fire tower. Wanted to give others a heads up on the type of vehicle needed because I wish we would have known before going.


    over 1 year ago

    not as expected

    we attempted to make the tower for sunset, but when the gps lost signal and left us in a very remote location on the way up, with unpaved roads for miles, we turned around. we decided not to get lost in the dark with no signal so we turned around and never made it there. the drive up was a bit difficult and we couldnā€™t quite map it. read the directions to get there prior to the trip, since there is not signal for the last half hour of the drive.


    Great place to check out and watch the sunset!

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