Comers Rock Overlook Trail
ElevationAscent: 165' 50 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,068' 1,240 m
Low: 3,903' 1,190 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 30% (16°)
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“A short, steep run with a section of stairs to reach a spectacular view”— SJ Fenton
The tower was built originally in the late 1920s as a fire lookout with a wooden 'cab' on the stone base. All that remains today is the stone base, on top of which a concrete viewing platform has been poured. Joe Tennis wrote a good description of the views for Appalachian Voices, "wooden rails mark the site of a long-gone lookout tower, built in 1928 atop the actual outcrop called 'Comers Rock.' To the north, Comers Rock overlooks the tree-topped mountains of Wythe County, folded like chunky waves on the endless horizon, high above Rural Retreat."
The view to the south is also fantastic with Elk Creek's bowl, Point Lookout Mountain, Buck Mountain, and the Iron Mountains creating a beautiful backdrop.
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Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
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