Friends of the Locust Fork River will be taking hikers to new heights! Join leader Tammy Mason and see for yourself. Blount County Palisades Park offers scenic views atop Ebell Mountain. Since 1973 Palisades Park has drawn and delighted visitors. The newest feature is the restored Fire Tower. We’ll wander the mountain, then climb the 133 steps of the Sand Mountain Lookout Fire Tower inside the park. You’ll see the majority of Blount County and – on a clear day – parts of St. Clair, Etowah, Cullman and Jefferson Counties.