Belknap Mountain Lookout
US 404, NH 5
October 2016 photo

October 2016 photo - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 404, NH 5 (view other lookouts in United States, New Hampshire)
Date Registered March 12, 2002
Nominated by Chris Haartz, NH Registrar
Location Belknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates N 43° 31.762' W 071° 20.000' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 31' 46" W 071° 19' 60"
N 43.529360° W 071.333330°
Elevation 1,139 ft (347 m)
Administered by NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development
Cooperators NH Div. of Forests and Lands


Located within a state forest of the same name, the 34' steel tower with the standard and unique New Hampshire wooden cab was constructed in 1915. In a 1979 addition, 10' was added to the Belknap Mountain Lookout tower. Reached by trail from the popular Gunstock Recreation Areas, the lookout has many visitors and reports many fires. In active service.


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Visit Reports

October 23, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower and nearby watchman's cabin are in very good condition. The wood on the observation deck seems to have recently been replaced, and everything was in very good condition.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? The communications towers seen in the older picture have been removed, a new radio tower has been built on a seperate area of the summit.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The trails are very well-marked.


Staffed? Sometimes
This tower is staffed during fire season.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes