Kade & Nan. Thanks to local artist Helen Nagan for her work, "Two sweet sisters - long ago and this year."

Monday, November 4, 2013

Green Knob Lookout Tower

“A lone peak of high point is a natural focal point in the landscape, something by which both travelers and local orient themselves. In the continuum of landscape, mountains are discontinuity -- culminating in high points, natural barriers, unearthly earth.”   ― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking    
 
making my way to the tower 
one of the amazing views - 360 degrees 
that's my silhouette 
and Kade's
 
My video:


The Green Knob Lookout is visible from on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt. Mitchell. The panoramic views from atop the tower are certainly worth the 1/2 mile hike from the Parkway. The tower provides the best viewing point of the rugged and tall Black Mountains range, including Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Rockies. The fire tower, atop the 5,080-foot Green Knob Mountain, was built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1931.

The lookout was staffed through the 1970s, with someone living in the cab of the tower. After threat of destruction several times, the tower was repaired in 1996 so hikers can enjoy the view from the top. Today it's on the National Register of Historic Places, and it needs additional rehabilitation. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide, the tower also features stunning views of the Great Craggy Mountains, Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain, and the North Carolina Piedmont. - Romantic Asheville

Length: 0.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 340 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to strenuous
Trailhead Elevation: 4,740 feet
Top Elevation: 5,080 feet

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