Rich Mountain Lookout
US 727, NC 21

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 727, NC 21 (view other lookouts in United States, North Carolina)
Date Registered April 2, 2008
Nominated by Peter J. Barr
Location Pisgah National Forest
Madison County, North Carolina
Coordinates N 35° 55.631' W 082° 48.295' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 55' 38" W 082° 48' 18"
N 35.927190° W 082.804910°
Elevation 3,670 ft (1,119 m)
Built 1932
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Appalachian Ranger District


Located on the NC/TN state line on the Pisgah National Forest, Rich Mountain Lookout is just off the Appalachian Trail. The 14’x14’ live-in cab with catwalk is on a 30’ metal tower.


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Visit Reports

September 20, 2008: Jeff Flanary


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: All glass is gone, stairs are good, catwalk good, cab is good, needs paint to cover graffiti, steel is good. This fire tower is in the best shape of any I have been to so far. Could be easily be refurbished to original condition

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No