The Incredible Fire Tower Hike That Will Give You Unparalleled Views Of North Carolina

Hiking in the mountains of North Carolina is a favorite past time and adventure-packed activity for many in the Tar Heel State. If you’ve ever found yourself looking to gain incredible North Carolina mountain views without fighting the crowds in all the usual spots, then this 2.8 mile round trip hike to a fire tower lookout could be the answer you’re looking for.

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Planning your hike? A special item of note is that there are three known routes to hike to Wesser Bald Fire Tower. (You can see details for all three at this link.) The route in this article is detailed here on You’ll find the parking area for this route on Otter Creek Road seen on this Google Maps link. Be sure to have your bearings on which way to hike once you get there (note the location of the fire tower as marked on the Google map) because at last report, there were no signs at the trail head indicating why way you should journey on the Appalachian Trail. Wesser Bald Fire Lookout trail is best used from March through October and dogs are able to use the trail as long as they are leashed.

For more short hikes in the Tar Heel State that lead to amazing destinations, keep reading here.