counter for vBulletin

View Page Stats

Panther Top Fire Tower Open to Public for fall leaf viewing

leafMURPHY, N.C. – The USDA Forest Service announced that it is opening the Panther Top Fire Tower to the public for fall leaf viewing on Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This Forest Service fire tower is normally closed to the public.

The Panther Top Fire Tower is located in Cherokee County, near Hiwassee Lake. The 30-foot tall lookout tower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940. Standing atop a 2,293 foot summit, Panther Top Fire Tower is the lowest situated lookout tower in western North Carolina, and it is also the most western tower in the state.

The tower will also be open to the public on Sunday October 27, Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3. Several other Forest Service roads provide fall leaf viewing opportunities including Webb Mill Road near Andrews and Fires Creek Road in Clay County. Travelers should use caution on these narrow roads because of the mountainous terrain and additional traffic. For more information, call the Tusquitee Ranger District Office at 828-837-5152.


– Take Hwy 64 West for approx. 7 miles.  Turn right onto NC 294, then go 0.8 miles to Panther Top road (SR1303), and go 2 miles. The road forks and the pavement becomes gravel. Take a right, continuing on Panther Top Road for another 1 mile. At the top of the hill, turn left.  Continue approx. ½ mile to the tower. 

The shooting range is in the general area.  If you traveled about 0.7 of a mile on Panther Top Road, you’ll see the entrance is on the left , up the hill and through the gate with another 0.2 miles to the range.

Feel free to share any post from the WKRK website that you feel is beneficial to your community. We encourage input from local law enforcement, government officials, emergency management officials, schools and other public service organizations. To send us information, use the form on our WKRK Info page.

2,032 total views, 5 views today

Posted in NC-Cherokee County, Regional News

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 773 other subscribers