Men, join us for a day of fellowship and adventure as we explore the Smith Mountain Fire Tower area of Lake Martin!  This hike is open to all men and boys, so dads you are welcome to bring your sons with you for it.

There is no cost, but advance registration is required (see below).


First, we will hike the half-mile trail to the restored fire tower. There you will have a chance to climb to the top for some very scenic views of Lake Martin and the surrounding area. 

After exploring the tower, we will hike the Lakeshore Trail to the Island Hopper Trail.  We will be able to explore several small islands that are only accessible by foot when the lake is lowered during the winter months.  We will take a lunch/snack break while on the islands, so please bring a simple lunch/snack with you.

Finally, we will return to the parking lot via the Lakeshore Trail.

Click here to learn more about these trails.

The hike will be a total of about 4 miles.


When/where to meet:
On Saturday, February 5, we will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Gateway parking lot to carpool to the trailhead (about 90 minutes away).   If you prefer, you may meet us at the trailhead at 11:30 a.m.   When you register, please indicate where you plan to meet us.   We should return by late afternoon.

We will provide:  Group first aid kit and insect repellent

You will need to bring:

  • Small backpack to hold your water, snacks and lunch
  • Water
  • High-protein snacks and lunch for the trail (energy bars, beef jerky, trail mix, sandwich, etc.)
  • Light-colored, comfortable clothing – synthetic works best but cotton is fine for a day hike
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Hiking boots or sturdy athletic shoes with good soles
  • Emergency poncho or rain jacket if there is a chance of rain


Advanced registration is required. 


If you have questions or need more information, email Mike Presley.