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Exploring North Carolina’s Lookout Towers

Part hiking guide, part photography collection

Exploring North Carolina’s Lookout Towers

In the 1920s and 1930s, forestry organizations built dozens of lookout structures in Western North Carolina as the backbone of a firefighting system. Many of these lookouts survive in North Carolina today, and represent some of the best destinations for hikers who want to see the Blue Ridge Mountains’ incredible views.

Part hiking guide and part photography collection, this book contains stories and folklore of the fire lookouts and their inhabitants, a detailed guide of hikes to each, and details about the views at the top. In all, it leads hikers to panoramic vistas from 28 historic fire lookout towers as well as eight historical/former fire lookout towers. Lookout towers can be dangerous, and many are not routinely maintained. The book’s author, preservationist Peter J. Barr, based in Asheville, includes a safety reminder to assess structures and risk. Nature photographer Kevin Adams, based in Waynesville, augments Barr’s text throughout with 200 full-color photographs of the towers and the views.

450 pages for both hardcover, $39.95 and softcover, $29.95.

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