Black Mountain Lookout
US 1054, KY 10
March 2010 photo by Brian Powell

March 2010 photo by Brian Powell

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1054, KY 10 (view other lookouts in United States, Kentucky)
Date Registered December 16, 2014
Nominated by Brian Powell
Location Harlan County, Kentucky
Coordinates N 36° 54.857' W 082° 53.641' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 54' 51" W 082° 53' 38"
N 36.914276° W 082.894016°
Elevation 4,145 ft (1,263 m)
Administered by Penn Virginia Coal Company


Located just inside the Virginia state line, Black Mountain Lookout sits atop the highest point in Kentucky. The cab and lowest flight of stairs have been removed, but the rest of this tower still stands.


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Visit Reports

September 28, 2008: Jeff Flanary


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: Cab is completely gone and is laying on the ground at the foot of the tower in pieces. Stairs are all rotten and it is missing first run. Steel looks good, however, it is just a steel frame with no cab and rotten stairs. Concrete foundations severely cracked. The only thing good is the steel.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes

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
I really don't know what you could do. If the concrete foundations were repaired (if they can be), the steel is in good shape. Stairs would need replacing and cab is in pieces at bottom of the tower.