High Rock Tower
US 698, MD 5
February 2017 photo

February 2017 photo - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 698, MD 5 (view other lookouts in United States, Maryland)
Date Registered June 17, 2007
Nominated by Steven W. Koehn, State Forester, Maryland DNR Forest Service
Location Garrett County, Maryland
Coordinates N 39° 32.630' W 079° 05.810' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 32' 38" W 079° 05' 49"
N 39.543830° W 079.096830°
Elevation 2,991 ft (912 m)
Built 1934
Administered by Maryland DNR Forest Service
Cooperators Maryland DNR Forest Service


The High Rock Lookout on the Savage River State Forest in Maryland is 90’ steel tower with 7’x7’ metal cab. Constructed in 1934 it has been recently repainted and is used as a communications and emergency detection site.

To volunteer and schedule staffing times, contact: highrocklookout@hotmail.com.


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Visit Reports

April 24, 2017: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: This tower is in poor condition. The steps and cab floor are mostly fine, but the upper landings have some gaps and need to be replaced, and the floor is a bit spongy. It definitely needs to be replaced. If you choose to climb it, know that the cab floor can hold up to three people, but climb it at your own risk. It is not maintained. There is no glass in the windows and the cab exterior is very rusty. I doubt this tower is actually used by volunteers as stated in the NHLR description, it is much too deteriorated for that. I don't want to give this tower too bad of a rep though. It is climbable, but do so safely. There is very little vandalism. Preserve this piece of history.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No
This tower hasn't been actively staffed since the 80's, according to a local. The observer's cabin was removed before then.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure