Smith Mountain Fire Tower and Trails
Historic Fire Tower, Educational Exhibits and Beautiful Hiking Trails
Fire Tower Caution – Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, please limit the number of people on the tower and in the cab to four (4). Use social distancing guidelines as much as you possibly can while climbing and viewing on the tower. CRATA wants everyone to enjoy the viewing experience from the fire tower, but during these unusual times, if another group is on the tower, please wait until they exit before you start your climb. Thank you for making good choices!
Smith Mountain Fire Tower and Trails are located just outside Dadeville, Alabama, just off Youngs Ferry Road.
Walker Bynum Smith Mountain Tower Trail – 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.
David M. Forker 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.