The USDA Forest Service announced that it is opening the Panther Top Fire Tower to the public for viewing on Saturday, May 4th 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 20- 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 Carolinas, and it is also the most western tower in the state.
The tower will also be open to the public on the following Saturdays: June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd , September 7th October 5th. Additional days will be on Saturday and Sunday: October 26th & 27th November 2nd and 3rd. Hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call the Tusquitee Ranger District Office at 828-837-5152.
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