Overview Short loop with great views Reviews Photos Tracks Swamp Ratt over 1 year ago N/A: 4 Completed 3 Reviews Awesome to be able to climb a fire tower again, and this one is well maintained. Great view along the way up, but once at the top the view is amazing. Nothing but big sky in all directions. many thanks to the local groups and community for all your hard work to make this trail possible. John Coley (676) over 1 year ago N/A: 3 Completed 2 Reviews This is a short trail to the top of Smith Mountain. The hiking is fun but the real payoff is being able to climb up Smith Mountain Tower. Smith Mountain Tower is a restored fire observation tower that was put into commission in 2012. The members of the Cherokee Alpine Trail Association made it happen along with donations from local Lake Martin area businesses and people. The trail to the tower is not very long but it does gain elevation quickly. Once you get to the top, be sure to conserve come energy to climb the steps to the top of the tower. If you go in warm weather, be sure to start in the cool of the day and stay hydrated. The views from the tower are breathtaking. At this writing, other trails around Smith Mountain are under construction, and this summer there will be several miles of trails ready to go, all serviced from this parking lot.