Saturday, October 8, 2011

Previously Completed Item #78 - Hike up to the Black Mountain Fire Tower

We have own our cabin in Suches, GA for about 6-7 years and we always see this fire tower on the road to and from the cabin. The tower though looks small from the road as it's on top of one of the mountains which frame the hollow of Suches. There is a forest service road off the highway which seems to lead up the mountain and though the road was closed to regular automobiles, I thought, "it's a road, how hard could this hike be?" and this hiking up to the tower was on my list of things to do.

Fire Tower, Black Mountain, Suches by Jeff__
Fire Tower, Black Mountain, Suches
Via Flickr:

Well, one of our "fun family activities" this year involved a hike up Black Mountain to this old, but still used, fire tower.  None of us are hikers so we definitely felt the burn - and more - but we enjoyed the views and accomplishment. It's about a 2 mile round trip hike. Here is some more information on Black Mountain and a topo map of the region.

DSC_0086 by Jeff__
DSC_0086, a photo by Jeff__ on Flickr.
Couldn't get past the grate that was on top of these steps (perhaps I could have but I didn't want my then 8 y/o climbing this if she saw me on top)

DSC_0085 by Jeff__
DSC_0085, a photo by Jeff__ on Flickr.
A couple additional photos of the hike down (I was too tired to take photos hiking up) :)

DSC_0100 by Jeff__
DSC_0100, a photo by Jeff__ on Flickr.

DSC_0102 by Jeff__
DSC_0102, a photo by Jeff__ on Flickr.


  1. I like this impression!

  2. I love the GA mountains. Went to school at Young Harris. Thanks for stopping by my blog... and thanks for the kind words about my amateur photography :)

  3. Very cool pics. I am a little afraid of heights so the third picture made me a little queasy! Looks like a fun time though.

  4. Thanks for stopping by y'all. :)

    That hike kicked my butt but it was nice. Mrs. C says she wants to do this again. :)

    @ fairbetty - you went to school in a beautiful part of the country.

  5. Ah, I just figured out how you found me. It was through jo(e), right?

    We have lookout towers exactly like this where I live. The last one I visited was, believe it or not, on top of Black Butte. Our forebears were creative namers, eh?

  6. Jennifer - yes, I found your blog that way. :)
    I guess the name "black" was as trendy in regards to naming natural terrain as it is in fashion. :)