Barnett Knob Fire Tower
US 685, NC 8

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 685, NC 8 (view other lookouts in United States, North Carolina)
Date Registered October 31, 2006
Nominated by Steve Swimmer, Wildland Fire Prevention/Mitigation Officer, Eastern Cherokee Agency
Location Cherokee Indian Reservation
Swain County, North Carolina
Coordinates N 35° 31.465' W 083° 14.171' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 31' 28" W 083° 14' 10"
N 35.524420° W 083.236190°
Elevation 4,771 ft (1,454 m)
Built 1932
Administered by Bureau of Indian Affairs
Cooperators Eastern Cherokee Agency


Located in the middle of the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Indian Reservation adjacent to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Barnett Knob Lookout Tower is the last active lookout on the Reservation. Constructed in 1932, the 80' metal tower with 7'x7' metal cab has been a favorite tourist attraction for those driving on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway.


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