Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower
US 4, IN 1

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 4, IN 1 (view other lookouts in United States, Indiana)
Date Registered October 30, 1990
Nominated by Ruth A. Brinker, U.S. Forest Service, Wayne-Hoosier National Forest
Location Hoosier National Forest
Monroe County, Indiana
Coordinates N 39° 02.077' W 086° 19.279' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 02' 05" W 086° 19' 17"
N 39.034610° W 086.321321°
Elevation 895 ft (273 m)
Built 1936
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Brownstown Ranger District


Hickory Ridge Lookout is located on the edge of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness on the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. It is a 110-foot steel tower with 7- by 7-ft. cab built by the CCC in 1936 and is the last remaining fire tower, out of an original number of eight, remaining on National Forest land in Indiana. The tower was restored in 1989.

Indiana Public Media featured the tower in a November 2013 segment of The Weekly Special available here.


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Visit Reports

June 20, 2019: Ben Funderburg


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: First 2 flights of stairs are a bit wobbly but otherwise ok. Stairs are steel and in good condition. Newer wood floor probably from the 1989 remodel is on top of the original cab floor. Cab is open but there is quite prevalent graffiti.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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