Panoramic views of TN/NC from this historic lookout
This is a great year round hike that offers so much for each season. We rated this trail strenuous for the elevation gain for it is just about straight up from Chestnut Branch Trail from the ranger's station, follow this for 2 miles until you intersect with the AT. Go south (left) on the AT for about 3.3 miles. There are some great resting spots with views and photo opts' use the topo for their location. You will reach the MT Cammerer Trail (not Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail) take this trail of .6 miles to reach the tower; there are a few rocky places to navigate. You are allowed to go inside and look around this tower that was completed in 1939 to provide a watchful eye over the mountains. There are many great views in the Smokies but this provides some of the best in the park. Find a level rock ledge and enjoy a lunch with views that are indescribable. This is a great hike to get away from the crowds during peak season.
From Knoxville: I-40 East to Exit 451, turn right at end of exit ramp, go ver bridge and take first left (look close to the right here is where th AT exits GSMNP into NC) continue on this road past the water plant to the rangers station parking is on the left. The Chestnut BranchTraiheadl is just beyond on the right.