High Peaks Hosts Open House at Fire Tower Oct. 19

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Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a special treat when the club hosts an Open House at the Green Knob Fire Tower off the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors should have grand views of the vibrant fall color from the observation deck and cabin, both of which are normally locked for safety and security reasons.

To reach the tower, park at the Green Knob Overlook at Mile 350.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there, walk about 100 yards north to the access trail, which is marked with a sign and begins with a set of steps visible from the Parkway. Please use extreme caution when walking this short distance along the Parkway as distracted, speeding drivers are all too common on the Parkway.

The hike to the tower is only about ¼ of a mile but the footing is uneven in places and the overall elevation gain is 300 feet, so the climb isn’t suitable for the elderly or those in poor physical condition.

Conditions can be surprisingly cool and windy on the tower, so dress accordingly. The tower will be staffed by High Peaks members with knowledge of the geography and the history of the tower and the Black Mountains.