JUST RELEASED! 10″ x 8″ Full-Color; 377 Pages


In the early 20th century, forestry agencies constructed dozens of lookout structures atop western North Carolina’s mountains as the backbone of a fire detection system. Many of these lookouts survive in North Carolina today— they represent some of the most scenic destinations for hikers who want to see the incredible vistas of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Part hiking guide, historical anthology, and part photography collection, this book contains fascinating stories about the history and folklore of the lookouts and their fire lookout inhabitants, a detailed guide of hikes and drives to each, and details about the views from the top—all provided by a local, long-term land conservationist, trail builder, and lookout fanatic, Peter J. Barr. Barr’s text is augmented by the amazing full-color photographs of well-known nature photographer Kevin Adams (North Carolina Waterfalls).