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greenBlue Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

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0.8 mile 1.2 kilometer point to point
82% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 347' 106 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,294' 1,614 m
Low: 4,947' 1,508 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Michelle Kras

A relatively short run for great views on the lookout tower.

Michelle Kras

Features Fall Colors · Views

This section of Blue Ridge Parkway is usually closed during the winter.

Description

Park at trailhead (milepost 409.6). There is a gate (always closed) - do not block the gate. Cross the gate and follow an old road up to the lookout tower. The road gradually climbs. Once you reach the top, a clearing will give you some views if you are too nervous to climb up the lookout tower. It can get windy up there, so it might be a good idea to add a layer before you climb up! The lookout tower sways and may make some feel uneasy, but it is relatively safe to use. You get great 360-degree views and there are spectacular fall color in October.

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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in Asheville

#6619

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#4

in Asheville

#235

in North Carolina

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