Tater Knob Tower
US 17, KY 1

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 17, KY 1 (view other lookouts in United States, Kentucky)
Date Registered May 29, 1993
Nominated by James E. Manner, District Ranger, USFS, Morehead Ranger District, Daniel Boone National Forest
Location Daniel Boone National Forest
Kentucky
Coordinates N 38° 03.284' W 083° 32.539' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 03' 17" W 083° 32' 32"
N 38.054730° W 083.542314°
Elevation 1,261 ft (384 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Tater Knob Fire Lookout Tower Restoration Committee and the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission

Description

Constructed by the Forest Service in 1934, Tater Knob Tower is the last remaining federal tower on the Daniel Boone National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service, Daniel Boone National Forest, has reported on its website: "The historic Tater Knob Fire Tower in Bath County, Ky. is closed to the public after an arson fire destroyed the structure on December 3, 2008. The fire burned all of the supporting wood frame of the lookout cab underneath its metal exterior. The tower is no longer safe for visitors. Forest Service officials are uncertain at this time if the structure will be rebuilt."

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Visit Reports

August 10, 2005: D.Blevins

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: The view is great.The tower location is near Cave Run Lake.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The tower is operated as a scenic lookout by the US Forest Service.

September 22, 2016: Drew Wright

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? No
Comments: Did an aerial fly by of the tower just to observe that it was still standing.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No

Photos

Photo courtesy of Drew Wright