Bee Mountain Lookout
US 184, AR 3

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 184, AR 3 (view other lookouts in United States, Arkansas)
Date Registered July 16, 1996
Nominated by Michael A. Pfeiffer, FFLA
Location Ouachita National Forest
Polk County, Arkansas
Coordinates N 34° 29.410' W 094° 15.500' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 29' 25" W 094° 15' 30"
N 34.490160° W 094.258328°
Elevation 1,853 ft (565 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Mena Ranger District


Bee Mountain Lookout is nearly identical to Tall Peak (US No. 183) and was also built by the CCC in 1938. The single-story stone base (with room) supports a live-in 12’ x 12’ wooden cab with catwalk of a style that was unique to the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service (although at least one similar lookout -- High Knob -- was built in Virginia in what was then the Eastern Region). Extensively vandalized, the site is also on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Visit Reports

July 1, 2007: Maria L. Schleidt


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: Update on Bee Mountain Lookout Tower <br /> <br />Bee Mountain Lookout Tower, a fire tower located on the Mena Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest in western Arkansas was delisted from the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2005. Eight years after is it was nominated to the NRHP, the district planned to stabilize the structure (e.g. replacing the cedar shingles and redoing the staircase and catwalk) with the assistance of both local volunteers and Forest Service employees. Midway through the stabilization project, the decision was made to completely restore the tower and the wooden cab was dismantled. Shortly thereafter the district was hit by the 2000 Ice Storm and work was stopped. To date only the catwalk has been rebuilt. Since the fire tower no longer retains much of its essential physical features, the tower no longer meets the eligibility criteria and consequently was removed from the National Register. <br /> <br />Constructed by Company 742 of the Civilian Conservation Corps circa 1938, it is one of a pair of unique wood and stone two-story fire towers. Unlike many other wooden cab towers, Bee Mountain Lookout was designed to house the lookout in a small room with two stationary windows and a door in the base of the tower. The base of the tower is constructed of fieldstone and each of its walls has sloping corners. The wooden cab was approximately 14 feet by 14 feet with four windows on all sides except the west side which consisted of three windows and a door. A wooden stairway led to a catwalk that surrounded the cab. The pyramidal roof was roofed with cedar shingles. <br /> <br />The district plans to restore its twin, Tall Peak Lookout Tower, and place it in the rental program. Once that project is completed, Bee Mountain will hopefully be restored to its original glory and it too, will be rented to the public. <br /> <br />Maria L. Schleidt <br />USDA Forest Service <br />Ouachita National Forest <br />Mena and Oden Ranger Districts

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response