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Want to see Lake Martin from one of its highest peaks? Then a hike up Smith Mountain and a climb up the fire tower and you will be amazed. Originally built in 1939, the restored Smith Mountain Fire Tower was opened to the public on June 16, 2012. Visitors hike up the half-mile trail from the parking area to the tower where they can climb up into the cab. The view from the cab, which is 80 feet above the top of Smith Mountain, is spectacular and offers panoramic views of Lake Martin. The tower is surrounded by a native Longleaf Pine forest, and beautiful, large granite deposits. It is open to the public sunrise to sunset, seven days a weeks. Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association (CRATA) is working on developing additional hiking trails around Smith Mountain and along the shoreline. Visit crata.org to learn more.