Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower
US 743, KY 5

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 743, KY 5 (view other lookouts in United States, Kentucky)
Date Registered August 27, 2008
Nominated by Bret Smitley
Location Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Whitley County, Kentucky
Coordinates N 36° 51.000' W 084° 19.450' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 51' 00" W 084° 19' 27"
N 36.850000° W 084.324170°
Elevation 1,300 ft (396 m)
Built 1937
Administered by Kentucky Department of Parks
Cooperators Cumberland Falls State Park


Pinnacle Knob Lookout, a USFS R-8 model 14’x14’ live-in cab on a 40’ steel tower, is the last of its kind in Kentucky. Built by the CCC in 1937 on the Cumberland Falls State Park, it overlooks a part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Restored in 2008, it is a state park historic site.


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Inside the restored cabin

Inside the restored cabin

Visit Reports

October 8, 2016: Steven Mayer


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Could not go to the very top because it was locked.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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


Photo courtesy of Steven Mayer