Old Fort Fire Tower
US 943, GA 13
April 2016 photo after restoration

April 2016 photo after restoration - courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Thomson200

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 943, GA 13 (view other lookouts in United States, Georgia)
Date Registered May 25, 2012
Nominated by Brian Ensley, Park Manager
Location Fort Mountain State Park
Murray County, Georgia
Coordinates N 34° 46.886' W 084° 42.515' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 46' 53" W 084° 42' 31"
N 34.781440° W 084.708580°
Elevation 2,753 ft (839 m)
Built 1938
Administered by Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Cooperators Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Cohutta Ranger District, USFS


Built by the CCC in 1938, this 50' stone tower originally had a top made of wood and glass, which was was burned by vandals in the early 1970s. The original top was rebuilt as part of a restoration around 2018.

The tower is famous for its "heart stone" crafted into the tower by the crew foreman as a tribute to his fiancee.


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Visit Reports

July 29, 2018: Patrick Warren


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower, including cabin and stairs, has been completely restored and is maintained by the staff at Fort Mountain State Park who also give guided tours of the tower. --- FYI, Sunsets from the overlook next to the tower are magical!

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? Yes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure