Fighting forest fires in the 1930’s was not as advanced as it is today, and having a bird’s eye view required putting a man above the trees. Park Rangers used these fire towers throughout the park to monitor the forest and report any fires. As technology advanced, the towers became obsolete and were abandoned. Many of the old fire towers have disappeared.
Look Rock Tower Trail is located on the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Chilhowee, TN. This short, half mile (1 mile round trip), out and back trail, is popular because of the 360° views it provides of the Great Smoky Mountains from the observation tower.