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
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.
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)
A couple additional photos of the hike down (I was too tired to take photos hiking up) :)
DSC_0100, a photo by Jeff__ on Flickr.