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Smith Mountain Fire Tower

Intermediate
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0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer loop
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 142' 43 m
Descent: -146' -45 m
High: 733' 223 m
Low: 587' 179 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Panaromic view of Tallapoosa River from the top of Smith Mountain.

Jeffery Karafa

Features Lake · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Access to Smith Fire Tower gives breathtaking views of the surrounding area. You'll find a beautiful forest surrounding the trail.

Description

The trail climbs steeply up Smith Mountain, where you'll do some moderate scrambling over rock outcrops to get to the summit. At the summit, you'll have access to the Fire Tower, providing panoramic views of the surrounding area. After visiting the tower, you'll make your descent back through pine and deciduous forest.

Flora & Fauna

Pine forest surrounds the trail. Recent wildfire has cleared most of the underbrush giving clear views. Look for fox, Great Blue Heron, and blue-billed ducks.

History & Background

The trail once provided access to an operating fire tower.

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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A fog rolls over the ridge below the fire tower.
Mar 7, 2017 near Dadeville, AL

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