Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: SR 1538 (Buck Creek Rd)
Trip Ends: SR 1538 (Buck Creek Rd)
Total Distance: 9.4 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Trails Used: Yellow Mountain Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
Franklin, NC 28734


Yellow Mountain at 5,127 feet has excellent views in all directions and is the site of a decommissioned fire tower. The tower was reconstructed in 1990 and was recognized as a national historic lookout in 1992. The hike to the firetower is a difficult one with climbs up Goat Knob, Yellow and Cole Mountain to access the lookout. However, the spectacular views from both Yellow and Cole Mountain (via a short side trail) make this a worthwhile day or overnight destination.

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