Green Knob Lookout
US 257, NC 7

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 257, NC 7 (view other lookouts in United States, North Carolina)
Date Registered March 1, 1998
Nominated by R. Fred Foster, North Carolina Registrar
Location Pisgah National Forest
Yancey County, North Carolina
Coordinates N 35° 43.156' W 082° 13.449' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 43' 09" W 082° 13' 27"
N 35.719260° W 082.224153°
Elevation 5,007 ft (1,526 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Appalachian Ranger District


A classic “dunce cap” R-8 steep pyramid roof design once common in the southern National Forests, Green Knob is one of the few remaining. It is located in the Pisgah National Forest along the Blue Ridge Parkway, not far from Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in eastern America. The 32’ steel tower is topped with a 14’x 14’ wooden cab and catwalk built by the CCC and USFS in 1932,and restored in 1996. It is staffed occasionally by volunteers.


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