Mount Sterling Tower

Waynesville, North Carolina

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This Great Smoky Mountains National Park hike begins at high and historic Mount Sterling Gap, then climbs higher to enter the rare spruce fir forest that cloaks only the highest mantles of the Southern Appalachians. The ascent tops out at 5,842-foot Mount Sterling, where a preserved metal fire tower delivers unparalleled 360-degree views of the Smokies in the near and range after range in North Carolina and Tennessee.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This Great Smoky Mountains National Park hike begins at high and historic Mount Sterling Gap, then climbs higher to enter the rare spruce fir forest that cloaks only the highest mantles of the Southern Appalachians.

The ascent tops out at 5,842-foot Mount Sterling, where a preserved metal fire tower delivers unparalleled 360-degree views of the Smokies in the near and range after range in North Carolina and Tennessee.

© 2017 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738, (865) 436-1200, nps.gov/grsm
Local Maps: Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Cove Creek Gap
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Sterling Tower

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