Black Mountain Fire Tower
US 703, GA 6

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 703, GA 6 (view other lookouts in United States, Georgia)
Date Registered July 26, 2007
Nominated by John Mayer
Location Chattahoochee National Forest
Union County, Georgia
Coordinates N 34° 40.800' W 084° 00.583' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 40' 48" W 084° 00' 35"
N 34.680000° W 084.009720°
Elevation 3,114 ft (949 m)
Built 1949
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Blue Ridge Ranger District

Description

Located on the Chattahoochee National Forest and one of the few remaining towers in Georgia with a 13’x13’ live-in cab with catwalk, Black Mountain Lookout is a 33’ metal tower with a CL-100 series metal cab. It was constructed in 1949.

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Visit Reports

January 19, 2014: John

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: It it rusted and looks very old. The gate was locked, and we were unable to go inside and I wouldn't want to anyway because i'm not sure how stable it is. I am sure it would be fine, but the structure certainly does look very old and worn down.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: It appears that radio repeater equipment is installed on the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Did not appear to be any signs posted near the tower.

Staffing

Staffed? No
Tower is unstaffed.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

October 4, 2014: Jimmy

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: The tower looked about the same since the last time I went there. We found a piece of an antenna/electrical socket on the ground that had fallen off but it is still intact. I don't think it would be safe to go up in, and is in a pretty remote area but is still standing. A small barbed wire fends surrounds the tower to prevent people from going up in it.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: It looks like it is a relay station for radio signals.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

Other Comments

Comments The road is getting overgrown and is very steep with little to no gravel left. I would not recommend anyone try to drive up there with a vehicle. If people wanted to visit it, they will have to make the mile hike up by foot.