This is a very simple hike. I parked on the parkway by the road that leads to the fire tower. There is a barricade there that keeps unauthorized vehicles on this road.
For this hike, you just walk up the road to the fire tower and back down. It is a gentle rise of only 387 feet in .8 miles. You can see off both sides of the ridge from the top. Cold Mountain is to the north and Looking Glass Mountain is to the south.