Smith Mountain Fire Tower and Trails are located just outside Dadeville, Alabama, just off Youngs Ferry Road.
See below in "Download Section" for Smith Trail Maps. Here is an overview description of the Smith Mountain Trails (also available as a download below).
Tower LoopTrail - From the Parking Lot it is a steep 0.4 mile climb to the base of the tower. A sign on the West side of the tower points to the return trail to the parking lot. Total length 1.0 mile. (It will seem further due to rugged terrain.)
Lakeshore Trail - Total length 2.4 miles. From near the top of the mountain, the Lakeshore Trail then makes a steep descent before winding gently along undeveloped shores of Lake Martin, returning to the parking lot through mixed hardwood/pine forest.
Island Hop/Boat Dock Trail - From Parking Lot it is approximately 1.4 mi. to the boat dock. When Lake Martin is lowered to winter pool levels, it is possible to walk another quarter mile crossing a series of islands inaccessible at full pool. The return trail from the boat dock to the parking lot is approximately 1.2 mile.
Little Smith Mountain Loop Trail - 2.6 miles
WARNING: This trail is spectacular for its views and rock formations, but is also the most difficult and potentially dangerous. At times the trail goes along sheer cliffs where a single misstep could have dire consequences. Do not attempt this trail unless you are sure-footed and in better than average physical condition. This is NOT a trail for small or unruly kids.
Rectangular paint blazes on trees at approximate adult eyeball height identify the correct trail paths. A double blaze either indicates a trail intersection or a sharp change in direction. DO NOT remark or change the trails.
The Hiking Project (another website) has an excellent description of this trail.
There are approximately 50 exhibits and displays at Smith Mountain . Here is a list of the displays with additional information on each. Just click on the display for additional information.
Rising above Lake Martin, Smith Mountain affords some great views
Listed below are documents, PDF's and JPEG images of Trail Maps and other information for this Trail. Download to your phone for a better hiking experience. Trail Maps prepared by Harold Banks and blazed by Harold Banks.