McGaughey Lookout Tower
US 1232, GA 19

Photo courtesy of Justin Peel

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1232, GA 19 (view other lookouts in United States, Georgia)
Date Registered August 23, 2017
Nominated by Justin Peel
Location Whitfield County, Georgia
Coordinates N 34° 55.406' W 084° 54.092' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 55' 24" W 084° 54' 06"
N 34.923426° W 084.901537°
Elevation 1,012 ft (308 m)
Administered by Private Owner (previously Georgia Forestry Commission)


This early fire tower is located in extreme northern Georgia, less than five miles from the Tennessee state line.

According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, this tower was originally staffed by Mrs. Crow, whose family owned the land where the tower is located. Sometime after her death, and the end of the Georgia Forestry Commission's lease of the land, the tower was scheduled for removal. Because of sentimental ties and proximity to the family home, Mrs. Crow's son purchased the tower from the state around 2009. As of 2019, the tower is now owned by his widow.

This tower and its site are not open to the public.


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Visit Reports

February 8, 2019: Victoria Oliver


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? No
Comments: Seeing this tower listed on the registry, and realizing it was only about 35 minutes from where I was visiting a family membber, I excitedly drove to find it. Unfortunately the road was gated with a private gate. This registry says that the tower is administered by the Georgia Forestry Commision, so I gave them a call and managed to reach someone with knowledge of this specific tower. Apparently this page is *very* outdated. The tower was privately purchased approx 10 years ago, and is no longer maintained for safety; nor accessible to the public. I was able to learn some cool history - but unable to climb the tower.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? Private property and homes surround the tower. The road is gated twice, and fenced.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? No access allowed. Private, gated road and property.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No