Cardigan Mountain Lookout
US 406, NH 7

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 406, NH 7 (view other lookouts in United States, New Hampshire)
Date Registered March 12, 2002
Nominated by Chris Haartz, NH Registrar
Location Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates N 43° 39.255' W 071° 54.240' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 39' 15" W 071° 54' 14"
N 43.654250° W 071.904000°
Elevation 2,783 ft (848 m)
Administered by NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development
Cooperators NH Div. of Forests and Lands


Cardigan State Park and Forest is a well known destination in New Hampshire. The 15' steel tower was fabricated by state crews, not purchased from a supplier, in 1924. It originally had a steel ladder which was later replaced with stairs. In active service.


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Visit Reports

November 20, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: This tower commands an amazing view and is in very good condition for its age. The watchman's cabin along the other side of the mountain is in good condition as well. The original ladder to the tower can be found there, too.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The trails and access to the mountain are very well marked.


Staffed? Sometimes
This tower is staffed by the state of New Hampshire.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No


Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley