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Smith Mountain Fire Tower overlooking Lake Martin

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One of our favorite places for my wife, Jamie and I to visit is Lake Martin.  Lake Martin was formed by the construction of the Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River.  Construction was finished in 1926 creating, at the time, the largest man-made lake in the world.  We love Lake Martin because of the cleanliness and clarity of the water and miles of undeveloped shoreline.  It is a 39,000-acre reservoir with over 750 miles of shoreline.

If you’d like to experience breath taking views of the lake, then I’d suggest a trip to Smith Mountain Fire Tower.  A few months ago, we decided to visit and instead of driving and hiking in, we rented a pontoon boat and made the trip by water.

It’s a short but steep hike up the hill to the tower, which stands about 780 feet above the water…the views are breathtaking.

The tower was built in 1939 and a district ranger base station was constructed in 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  This facility was vital in the detection of wild fires in Tallapoosa County.  All that remains is the tower itself which was restored by the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association and opened to the public in 2012.  However, you can still see the foundation of the base station.

…And of course, a swim on the way home is always fun.

Hope you enjoyed my blog and find the opportunity to visit this incredible site in Alabama.


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Eddie Stone

Eddie Stone is an accomplished agent for Great Southern Land specializing in buying and selling land. An Alabama resident, Eddie has used his extensive knowledge to work and sell land in 15 counties surrounding the Birmingham Metro area. Eddie obtained a Master's Degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University. For the next 20 years, he worked as a Registered Forester in the large corporate sector in both the procurement and land management arenas where he became an expert in land management, maximizing the biological growth of timber, determining the value of a timber tract, and maximizing its value for the landowner. In 1999, Eddie founded Forever Green, Inc.; a consultant forestry business that quickly became a leader in the local timber business. He went on to obtain a real estate license and join Great Southern Land as an Alabama land agent to further serve his clients' needs and provide full-scale, exceptional service. Eddie is also a Contractual Conservation Planner for the Georgia Alabama Land Trust. He prepares Conservation Easement Baseline Documentation Reports which includes technical writing, field inspections, GPS documentation, and GIS map preparation. Eddie's forestry expertise, coupled with being a REALTOR, has made him uniquely qualified to help clients navigate all aspects of buying and selling land.