Exploring North Carolina’s Lookout Towers

Exploring North Carolina's Lookout Towers

A Guide to Hikes and Vistas

by Peter J. Barr

Photographs by Kevin Adams

Published by: Blair

Imprint: Blair

450 Pages, 8.00 x 10.00 in, 240 color photos, 7 maps

  • Paperback
  • 9781949467550
  • Published: April 2021


  • Hardcover
  • 9781949467598
  • Published: April 2021


A hiking guide and photography book on 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— they represent some of the best destinations for hikers who want to see the incredible vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Part hiking guide and part photography collection, this book contains wonderful stories about the history and folklore of the lookouts and their fire lookout inhabitants, a detailed guide of hikes to each, and details about the views at the top—all provided by a local, long-term land preservationist and lookout fanatic, Peter J. Barr. Barr’s text is augmented by the amazing full-color photographs of well-known nature photographer Kevin Adams (North Carolina Waterfalls).