After hiking up Barnett Knob and checking out the fire tower up there, I headed to this behemoth. About 15 minutes apart and very visible from atop each other, hiking Barnett Knob and Mount Noble in the same day makes for a great afternoon. My initial plan was to also include a trip out to Cowee Bald and the tower there, but I was a bit unsuccessful at finding the correct route out there. Though, we'll save that story for that post.
Anyway, Mount Knoble Fire Tower's trailhead is a bit hard to find, so if you are thinking about going out there for the first time, definitely read the directions below to save yourself from a bit of confusion.
The trail itself is mainly a single track that winds uphill for 2.5 miles. It's not the most difficult hike, but as the sign warns, expect 2 hours of exercise. Actually, I'd expect a bit more, something closer to 2.5-3 hours; I ran a bit downhill and it took me a 2 solid hours.
The fire tower is 60 feet tall, making it one of the biggest in North Carolina. As with Barnett Knob on this day, the clouds were abundant and limited my visibility. Just gives me more reason to head back out there with Jill.
Overall, a highly recommended trip that left me sweaty and energized!