Hickory Flats Fire Tower
US 447, KY 4

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 447, KY 4 (view other lookouts in United States, Kentucky)
Date Registered November 12, 2002
Location Rowan County, Kentucky
Coordinates N 38° 20.480' W 083° 23.684' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 20' 29" W 083° 23' 41"
N 38.341330° W 083.394730°
Elevation 1,339 ft (408 m)
Administered by Route 377 Volunteer Fire Department
Cooperators Danny Blevins

Description

Only the fourth fire tower to be registered in the Blue Grass State, and the first project of the new Kentucky Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, Hickory Flats Fire Tower, was built by the U.S. Forest Service on the Cumberland National Forest (later renamed Daniel Boone NF). The 80’ steel Aermotor tower with 7’x7’ metal cab is the late model design with steel mesh steps and landings with full protective railings. When it went out of active service, the National Forest land was exchanged and the tower nearly forgotten. The site is now being transferred to the Hwy 377 Rural Fire District who will maintain the site with the Kentucky FFLA.

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Visit Reports

September 14, 2016: Drew Wright

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Glass needs replaced, handle on trap door needs replaced, overall condition good.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No Response

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes

Photos

Photo courtesy of Drew Wright

August 1, 2008: R. Blevins

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes