The countryside has a wide array of forests that are filled with treasures locals love. A few of them are actually closer than travelers may believe. If you're up for a short hike in North Carolina, you'll enjoy searching for this light tower.\nFrying Pan Tower is normally attributed to the historic lighthouse 32 miles off the coast of North Carolina. It's a highly well-known lighthouse that many North Carolinians claim with pride.\nIt's so famous, that viewers of the new Netflix series The Outer Banks noticed that it wasn't included in the waters' landscape when shooting.\nThis was because the show was actually shot in South Carolina due to production conflicts.\nHowever, the more unknown (and equally cool) Fryingpan Lookout Tower is actually in the deep woods of Ashville, North Carolina. The 70-foot-tall lookout fire tower is only a short hike from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.\nView this post on Instagram I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees. A post shared by Nisa Yadira Sanchez🎀 (@nisa_chinita) on Nov 9, 2018 at 7:46am PST\nThe watch tower was originally built in 1941 as a way to view fires in the local community from up above.\nWhile still sturdy in stature, the tower has not been used for this purpose since the early 1990s.\nView this post on Instagram golden hour above the mountains w/ the biggest nature gal i know #jokes A post shared by Lauren Chiappini (@laurenchip8) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:41pm PDT\nToday, it's a great hangout for locals who want a bird's eye view of their town. The very top of the tower is locked, however, thrill seekers can climb up five flights of stairs to get a decent view of the near Fryingpan Mountain.\nView this post on Instagram Free 📸 @laurenroxxyoursoxx A post shared by @ markpritchard on Oct 12, 2019 at 3:43pm PDT\nFrom each side of the lookout, climbers will be able to see Fryingpan Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountain and even get a close view of Cold Mountain, all of which are only miles away.\nWith views like these, travelers will feel as though they are right in the clouds.\nFryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Directions\nWhy You Need To Go: Thrill seekers can climb up five flights of stairs to get a bird's eye view of the surrounding forest.\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.