Tennessee Lookout Towers

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Waypoint Tower Elev. County Info
ANT001 Bluebird 1319' Anderson GB2537 2-17 standing
ANT002 Laurel Grove 1743' Anderson 2-16 standing
BNT001 Big Sandy 642' Benton GD1471 8-2 removed
BNT002 Camden 588' Benton 8-3 standing
BNT003 Russell Field 649' Benton FE2214 8-1 removed
BLT001 Bledsoe 1836' Bledsoe 3-5 removed
BLT002 Bradden Knob 2018' Bledsoe 3-6 standing
BLT003 Cold Spring 1184' Bledsoe 3-8 removed
BLT006 Hendon 2319' Bledsoe 3-10 standing
BLT008 Jane Ridge 2100' Bledsoe removed
BLT007 Meyers 2110' Bledsoe FC1831 historical
BLT005 Summer City 2047' Bledsoe 3-9 standing
BLT004 Worthington Knob 2554' Bledsoe 3-7 standing
BTT002 Bunker Hill 2767' Blount FB2637 gsmnp removed
BTT001 Look Rock 2641' Blount FB2645 standing
BTT003 Millstone Gap 2843' Blount FB2649 2-2 standing
BTT004 Rich Mountain 3699' Blount FB2634 gsmnp removed
BRT001 Candies Creek 1100' Bradley 3-15 removed
BRT004 N4AOW Tower 1061' Bradley standing
BRT003 Nature Center 850' Bradley sitting
BRT002 Red Hill 1162' Bradley 3-16 removed
CAT001 Braden Mountain 2700' Campbell 2-22 moved
CAT002 Cove Creek 1450' Campbell 2-15 standing
CAT003 Lafollette 1240' Campbell standing
CAT005 Nig Field 3241' Campbell GB2578 2-14 removed
CAT004 Rich Mountain 2369' Campbell 2-12 removed
CAT007 View Tree Knob 2749' Campbell GB2575 2-22 removed
CAT006 Walnut Mountain 2832' Campbell GB2535 2-13 standing
CNT002 Parker Hill 1247' Cannon 5-5 standing
CNT001 Short Mountain 2092' Cannon 5-4 standing
CRT003 Huntingdon 548' Carroll 8-8 removed
CRT002 Leach 627' Carroll FE2237 8-9 standing
CRT001 Maple Creek 711' Carroll FE2217 8-10 standing
CTT001 Holston High Knob 4137' Carter cnf standing
CTT002 Roan High Knob 6285' Carter cnf removed
CTT003 Stony Creek 2251' Carter historical
CTT004 White Rock 4094' Carter cnf removed
CHT001 Kingston Springs 827' Cheatham GC1483 6-11 removed
CHT002 Petway 761' Cheatham GC2550 6-10 standing
CHT003 Sycamore 679' Cheatham 6-9 standing ?
CST001 Cabo 663' Chester 8-15 standing
CST002 Chickasaw 643' Chester 8-16 standing
CLT001 Bryson Mountain 3202' Claiborne 2-9 removed
CLT004 Cline Knob 1864' Claiborne moved
CLT003 Friendship 1700' Claiborne GA3561 2-8 station
CLT002 Springdale 2300' Claiborne GA3532 2-7 standing
CYT002 Hermitage Springs 998' Clay 4-10 moved
CYT001 Pilot Knob 1398' Clay GB2367 4-9 standing
COT001 English Mountain 3629' Cocke FB2498 1-3 standing
COT002 Hall Top 3610' Cocke FB2442 1-2 standing
COT003 Meadow Creek 2875' Cocke cnf standing
COT004 Mount Cammerer 4928' Cocke FB2440 gsmnp standing
COT005 Round Mountain 4314' Cocke cnf removed
CFT001 Farrar Hill 1208' Coffee 5-6 removed
CFT002 Summitville Mtn 1251' Coffee 5-7 moved
CFT003 The Barrens 1093' Coffee 5-8 removed
CUT001 Big Hill 2035' Cumberland 4-6
CUT004 Homestead 1842' Cumberland standing
CUT002 Lantana 2037' Cumberland 4-8 standing
CUT003 Pilot Knob 2021' Cumberland 4-7 standing
DAT001 Germantown 870' Davidson 6-7 removed
DAT002 Sullivan Ridge 902' Davidson GC2324 6-8 standing
DET001 Parsons 670' Decatur 8-4 removed
DET002 Turnbo 676' Decatur 8-5 removed
DKT001 Smithville 1145' DeKalb 4-25 standing
DIT001 Bell 866' Dickson GC2560 6-15 standing
DIT002 Hortense 924' Dickson GC2564 removed
DIT003 Stony Point 817' Dickson GC2577 6-14 moved
DIT004 Tenn City 880' Dickson GC2588 6-16 standing
DYT001 Dyersburg 483' Dyer 9-13 standing ?
DYT002 Millsfield 515' Dyer 9-12 standing
FAT001 Ebenezer 594' Fayette FE2498 9-8 standing
FAT003 Laconia 505' Fayette FE2509 9-7 standing ?
FAT002 Morris 415' Fayette FE2547 9-9 removed
FET001 Allardt 1697' Fentress 4-4 standing
FET004 Pickett 1720' Fentress standing
FET005 Rock House 1687' Fentress GB2639 4-1 moved
FET002 Skinner Mountain 1759' Fentress 4-3 removed
FET003 Wright Mountain 1800' Fentress 4-2 standing
FRT003 Arnold AFB 1112' Franklin removed
FRT001 Rowe Gap 1873' Franklin 5-10 standing
FRT002 Sewanee 2044' Franklin FC1909 5-9 standing
GIT001 Concord 486' Gibson 9-3 removed
GIT002 Humboldt 479' Gibson 9-4 removed
GIT003 Milan 429' Gibson historical
GLT001 Anthony Hill 1020' Giles 7-6 standing
GLT002 Pierce 1080' Giles 7-5 removed
GRT001 Avondale 2482' Grainger 1-6 standing
GET001 Camp Creek Bald 4844' Greene cnf standing
GET002 Rich Mountain 3670' Greene cnf standing
GUT001 Altamont 2031' Grundy 3-21 standing
GUT002 Dykes Mountain 1893' Grundy 3-20 removed
GUT004 Hobbs Hill 2132' Grundy 3-23 removed
GUT003 Palmer 2385' Grundy FC1885 3-22 removed
HMT005 Braggs 1050' Hamilton historical
HMT006 DeLong 1065' Hamilton historical
HMT001 Montlake 1854' Hamilton 3-12 standing
HMT002 Ooltewah 1495' Hamilton FC1842 3-13 removed
HMT003 Sale Creek 965' Hamilton 3-11 removed
HMT004 Silverdale 1073' Hamilton FC1846 3-14 removed
HNT002 Clinch Mountain 2618' Hancock 1-9 standing
HNT001 Sneedville 2572' Hancock 1-12 standing
HRT003 Hickory Valley 653' Hardeman FE2477 8-25 standing
HRT002 Hornsby 581' Hardeman 8-24 standing
HRT004 Kennedy 601' Hardeman standing
HRT001 Middleton 630' Hardeman FE2274 8-26 moved
HDT001 Bee Rock 784' Hardin 7-28 standing
HDT002 Old Union 617' Hardin 7-26 standing ?
HDT003 Olive Hill 725' Hardin FE2243 7-27 standing
HDT004 Turkey Knob 673' Hardin FE2249 7-29 standing
HWT005 Bays Mountain 2166' Hawkins standing
HWT004 Bulls Gap 1928' Hawkins 1-13 standing
HWT006 Chimneytop 3118' Hawkins GA3395 1-11 standing
HWT001 Garden Mountain 2405' Hawkins GA3430 1-10 standing
HWT002 Van Hill 2204' Hawkins 1-8 removed
HWT003 War 2401' Hawkins 1-5 standing
HYT001 Belle Eagle 368' Haywood FE2428 9-5 removed
HYT002 Sunnyhill 420' Haywood FE0823 9-6 removed
HET004 Life 620' Henderson 8-13 standing ?
HET001 Moriah 627' Henderson 8-14 removed
HET002 Mount Gilead 663' Henderson FE2297 8-11 removed
HET003 Natchez Trace 699' Henderson FE2228 8-12 standing
HHT001 Nelson 611' Henry 8-6 standing ?
HHT002 Paris 617' Henry 8-7 standing
HIT001 Bon Aqua 994' Hickman FD1525 7-8 standing ?
HIT002 Cobel 857' Hickman 7-10 removed
HIT003 Hornertown 944' Hickman 7-12 standing
HIT004 Moores Switch 798' Hickman FD1528 7-9 standing
HIT005 Pinewood 807' Hickman FD1615 7-7 removed
HIT006 Weatherly 963' Hickman 7-11 standing
HOT001 Towerview 820' Houston GC2580 6-20 standing
HUT001 Hurricane Mills 712' Humphreys FD1633 6-22 standing ?
HUT002 Pigeon Roost 716' Humphreys GC2610 6-21 standing ?
HUT003 Roberts 584' Humphreys FD1631 removed
JAT002 Haydenburg Ridge 994' Jackson 4-20 standing
JAT001 New Salem 1030' Jackson GB1901 4-21 removed
JET001 Jefferson City 1732' Jefferson 1-7 standing
JOT001 Buck Ridge 4297' Johnson FZ2143 cnf removed
JOT002 Kettlefoot 3889' Johnson cnf standing
JOT004 Old Doe 3694' Johnson 1-1 removed
KNT001 House Mountain 2103' Knox 2-3 removed
KNT002 Sharps Ridge 1355' Knox GA3549 2-4 standing
LUT002 Open Lake 460' Lauderdale 9-15 standing ?
LUT001 Ripley 521' Lauderdale 9-14 standing
LWT001 Center 1070' Lawrence 7-15 removed
LWT002 New Prospect 1004' Lawrence 7-16 standing
LWT003 Westpoint 971' Lawrence 7-17 standing
LET001 Hohenwald 991' Lewis 7-13 standing
LET002 Summertown 1042' Lewis 7-14 standing
LIT001 Kelso 1034' Lincoln 5-13 standing
LIT002 Molino 978' Lincoln 5-14 removed
LOT001 Lenoir City 1252' Loudon 2-5 standing
MAT001 Lafayette 955' Macon 4-22 standing
MDT001 Butler 597' Madison FE2277 8-22 standing ?
MDT003 Britton Lane 583' Madison FE2287 8-23 removed
MDT002 Liberty 588' Madison FE2318 8-21 standing ?
MIT001 Aetna 1915' Marion FC1879 3-27 removed
MIT002 Big Hill 2032' Marion 3-24 standing
MIT003 Cave Spring 1864' Marion 3-25 standing
MIT005 Elder Mountain 1850' Marion FC1865 3-28 removed
MIT004 Prentice Cooper 1919' Marion 3-26 standing
MST001 Gill Chapel 1217' Marshall 5-15 standing
MUT001 Flanigan Hill 1165' Maury 7-4 standing
MUT002 Theta 1041' Maury 7-3 standing
MCT001 McMinn Ridge 1296' McMinn FC1817 3-3 standing
MCT002 Starr Mountain 2205' McMinn 3-4 standing
MNT005 Bethel Springs 570' McNairy 8-18 standing
MNT001 Big Hill Pond 601' McNairy standing
MNT002 Michie 611' McNairy 8-19 standing
MNT003 Mt Peter 699' McNairy 8-17 standing
MNT004 Ramer 647' McNairy 8-20 standing
MOT001 Cold Spring 3155' Monroe FC1693 cnf removed
MOT005 Green Cove 2040' Monroe removed
MOT002 Hemlock Knob 4019' Monroe cnf removed
MOT003 Madisonville 1383' Monroe 2-6 standing
MOT004 Waucheesi 3692' Monroe cnf removed
MTT001 Cunningham 741' Montgomery 6-13 standing
MTT003 Dotsonville 647' Montgomery 6-12 standing
MTT002 Oakwood 729' Montgomery standing
MRT001 Hurricane 1148' Moore 5-12 standing
MGT001 Burrville 1640' Morgan 2-25 standing
MGT004 Catoosa 2051' Morgan 2-29 standing
MGT002 Frozen Head 3324' Morgan 2-28 replaced
MGT003 Jones Knob 1792' Morgan 2-26 standing
MGT007 Lone Mountain 1394' Morgan sitting
MGT006 Oakdale 1832' Morgan 2-30 moved
MGT005 Pilot Mountain 2510' Morgan GB2610 2-27 standing
MGT008 Windswept 1506' Morgan standing
OBT001 Reelfoot 483' Obion 9-11 removed
OBT002 Scawley 525' Obion 9-10 removed
OVT002 Pilot 1768' Overton 4-12 standing
OVT001 Seahorn 1962' Overton GB2386 4-14 removed
OVT003 Standing Stone 1493' Overton GB2402 4-11 standing
OVT004 Twinton 1863' Overton 4-13 standing
PET001 Linden 843' Perry 7-19 standing
PET002 Lobelville 834' Perry 7-18 standing
PIT001 Regan Knob 1642' Pickett 4-5 standing
POT005 Big Frog 4220' Polk cnf removed
POT001 Buck Bald 2348' Polk cnf removed
POT002 Little Frog 3322' Polk cnf removed
POT004 Ocoee 1234' Polk cnf sitting
POT003 Oswald Dome 3028' Polk FC1787 cnf moved
PUT001 Cookeville 1429' Putnam GB2392 4-15 standing
PUT002 Stamps Hollow 1988' Putnam GB2387 4-16 removed
RHT001 Grandview 1499' Rhea 3-1 standing
RHT002 Smyrna 1024' Rhea 3-2 standing
RHT003 Spring City 1826' Rhea removed
ROT002 Bacon Ridge 1385' Roane 2-19 removed
ROT001 Mt Roosevelt 2021' Roane FC1812 2-18 standing
RBT001 Adams 640' Robertson 6-6 standing
RBT002 Cross Plains 807' Robertson 6-5 removed
RUT001 Marshall Knobs 882' Rutherford 5-11 removed
SCT002 Black Creek 1565' Scott 2-23 standing
SCT001 Brimstone 16 2914' Scott GB2582 2-24 removed
SCT003 Slaven Knob 1509' Scott GB2625 2-21 standing
SCT004 Smith Knob 1654' Scott GB2628 2-20 standing
SQT001 Bennett 2372' Sequatchie FC1881 3-19 standing
SQT002 Bowater 2231' Sequatchie moved
SQT005 Jakes Mountain 2204' Sequatchie standing
SQT003 Price Mountain 2244' Sequatchie removed
SQT004 Wolfpen Mountain 2244' Sequatchie 3-18 standing
SVT007 Ben Parton 4822' Sevier gsmnp historical
SVT001 Blanket Mountain 4609' Sevier gsmnp historical
SVT006 Bluff Mountain 3069' Sevier FB2630 2-1 standing
SVT008 Cliff Top 6555' Sevier gsmnp historical
SVT002 Clingmans Dome 6643' Sevier gsmnp standing
SVT005 Cove Mountain 4077' Sevier FB2632 gsmnp standing
SVT003 Greenbrier 4597' Sevier FB2487 gsmnp removed
SVT004 Mount Guyot 6621' Sevier FB2486 gsmnp historical
SHT002 Lakeland 397' Shelby FE2549 9-19 removed
SHT001 Shelby S.F. 433' Shelby FF1942 9-18 removed
SMT001 Gordonsville 1106' Smith 4-24 standing
SMT002 Maces Hill 1086' Smith 4-23 removed
STT001 Barrow 650' Stewart 6-17 standing
STT002 Big A 693' Stewart 6-18 standing ?
STT003 Dover 704' Stewart GC2634 6-19 standing
STT004 Fort Campbell 561' Stewart removed
SUT001 Big Creek 1873' Sullivan historical
SUT003 McQueen Knob 3885' Sullivan FZ2170 cnf removed
SUT002 Whitetop Knobs 2054' Sullivan 1-4 removed
SRT001 Westmoreland 991' Sumner 6-1 removed
SRT002 White House 932' Sumner 6-2 standing
TIT001 Antioch 430' Tipton 9-16 standing ?
TIT002 Tabernacle 420' Tipton FE2637 9-17 removed
TRT001 Hartsville 1031' Trousdale 4-26 standing
UCT001 Pinnacle Mountain 3522' Unicoi GA3381 cnf standing
UCT002 Temple Hill 3697' Unicoi cnf removed
UNT001 Chuck Swan 1663' Union GA3565 2-10 standing
UNT003 Maynardville 1722' Union GA3562 2-11 standing
UNT002 Walker Ford 1964' Union GA3534 2-11 moved
VBT001 Spencer 1877' VanBuren 3-17 standing
WAT001 Cope Mountain 1250' Warren 5-1 removed
WAT002 Harrison Ferry 1946' Warren 5-2 removed
WAT003 Viola 1089' Warren 5-3 standing
WYT001 Flat Woods 950' Wayne FD1595 7-20 standing
WYT002 Hardins Creek 853' Wayne FD1612 7-23 standing
WYT003 Lutts 899' Wayne 7-25 standing
WYT004 McGlamerys 1043' Wayne 7-24 standing
WYT005 Ovilla 1057' Wayne 7-22 removed
WYT006 Waynesboro 973' Wayne FD1605 7-21 standing
WET001 Gleason 555' Weakley GD1498 9-2 removed
WET002 Hyndsver 503' Weakley 9-1 standing
WHT001 Goulden Mountain 1529' White 4-17 removed
WHT002 Milksick Mountain 1640' White 4-19 removed
WHT003 Stringtown 2004' White 4-18 removed
WIT002 Bingham 962' Williamson 7-1 removed
WIT001 Pewitt 978' Williamson FD1503 7-2 moved
WLT001 Hurricane 794' Wilson 6-4 standing
WLT002 Jennings Knob 1221' Wilson GC2150 6-3 standing
NCT001 High Rocks 5190' NC FB2576 gsmnp removed
NCT002 Mt Sterling 5842' NC FB2455 gsmnp standing
NCT003 Shuckstack 4020' NC FB2620 gsmnp standing
NCT004 Spruce Mountain 5647' NC FB2481 gsmnp removed
Total: 273 standing: 164
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Waypoints: towers.gpx or towers.mxf or send to GPS

The table and clickable map above show the location or former location of lookout towers in Tennessee. Many have been removed, and most locations are now private property. You are advised not to climb the towers, often steps have been removed or are rotten. Most of the data is harvested from the USGS topo maps, county maps and NGS datasheets. Special thanks to Jerry Lutts, Ron Stafford (FFLA TN tower data), Bill Stowel, Peter Barr, Tom Owens, and Tennessee forestry staff Steve Johnson, Ward Tarkington, Bobby Linville, Gerald Eaton, Tommy Franks, Darren Webb, Chris Carney, and Brook Smith. I have given unofficial names to towers that were not named on the USGS maps or on the list of towers provided by the state forestry office. Numbers in the table (e.g., 4-7) are state forest tower numbers (district-tower) from 1976 list of towers. Many of the district offices had district maps showing tower locations with compass circles for fire triangulation on 5-minute grid. Names in the table above with a "?" means the location is only approximate (no clue). Six character PIDs (e.g., FD1605) in the Info column are NGS datasheet PIDs, use this NGS tool to retrieve datasheeets. Elevation data is based on USGS 10m DEM data and was harvested from USGS seamless elevation server and edited where USGS topo had a benchmark. Corrections and additions are welcome.

The highest tower site (observation) is Clingmans Dome (6643'). The highest site for a standing fire tower in TN is Mount Cammerer (4928'). In the Smokies on the NC side, the highest site for a standing tower is Mt Sterling (5842').

In 1905, the first USFS fire lookout tower was placed in operation in Greenville, Maine. The Great Fire of 1910, a 3-million acre wildfire in the northwest, motivated tower building across the country. The CCC in 1933 began building towers and there were about 8,0000 towers in the US by 1940. Tower building continued through the 1950s. [still gathering info on the history of lookout towers in Tennessee ...] Tennessee's first fire tower was at Cagle. From 1933 to 1941, the Civilian Conservation Corps erected 98 lookout towers in Tennessee. (Read more about CCC towers.) The Cherokee National Forest (CNF) had 18 fire towers.

Smoky Mountain lookout towers      Google map
Lookout towers (or former locations) on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park include Bunker Hill, Rich Mountain, Cove Mountain (standing), Blanket Mountain, Ben Parton, Cliff Top, Clingmans Dome (standing), Greenbrier, Mount Guyot, and Mount Cammerer (standing), Nearby on the Foothills Parkway is the Look Rock observation tower. Smoky Mountain fire tower locations on the NC side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park include Mount Sterling (standing), Shuckstack (standing), High Rocks (removed), Spruce Mountain (removed). Standing near the NC side of the park are Mount Noble and Barnett Knob.

Wildlife viewing platforms are located at Hatfield knob (elk, info or here), Hiwassee WMA (cranes), Blythe Ferry, Cove Lake, Kyker Bottoms, Reelfoot Lake south platform and photo, north platform (KY). Also viewing platforms at Chickasaw and Lake Isom wildlife refuges ( article) and other viewing platforms. TTU's Center Hill Lake observation tower

 
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Visits since 11/20/06    © Tom Dunigan
Revised Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:38:30 -0600