In order to properly appreciate the landscape that surrounds you as you travel through eastern Tennessee, you really need to find a viewpoint that's above the trees. A short drive to the top of Buck Bald will do the trick quite nicely.
Buck Bald is just a few miles off TN Hwy. 68 (on Forest Road 624, about 4 miles if I remember correctly). There is a sign at the turnoff. Buck Bald is just a few miles south of the town of Coker Creek, which claims it as one of its local attractions. You can view the town's website here.
Buck Bald is 2,348 feet above sea level, meaning you'll have to climb about 500 feet from the elevation of Route 68. The top of the mountain is naturally treeless, and it's the former site of a fire tower.
I can only assume that C-15 is some reference to the old fire tower that once stood here. The letter and numbers are written in concrete.
There's not a lot to do at the top of Buck Bald, once you've taken in the scenery and enjoyed a picnic. So, do what dozens of local teens have done: grab a Sharpie, and leave your mark on this picnic table.
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An anonymous visitor writes:
about 20 miles from this place and go up there occasionally.
Build Bomb fires and take some friends occasionally. About a
month ago I went and it was super windy, cold and at about 2
a.m. Me and my other 3 friends all see these 2 UFO's up there. 2
big solid black dots that were moving in our direction. We were
so scared, we just jumped in the jeep and left everything
behind. It was creepy!! I'll never forget that! I never believed
in that stuff until that night at this exact spot. Buck Bald."
Yvonne writes: I
have been there also many times during the mid-day ,Got
great pictures of the sunset and at night awesome ....
perfect spot for star gazing in July and Oct. there is lots
of shooting stars, be sure to take along extra blankets the
wind is cold even in mid-July.
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