Warner Hill Lookout
US 416, NH 17
May 2017 photo, after walls were removed from the lower cab

May 2017 photo, after walls were removed from the lower cab - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 416, NH 17 (view other lookouts in United States, New Hampshire)
Date Registered March 12, 2002
Nominated by Chris Haartz, NH Registrar
Location Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates N 42° 54.127' W 071° 16.868' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 54' 08" W 071° 16' 52"
N 42.902110° W 071.281140°
Elevation 388 ft (118 m)
Administered by NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development
Cooperators NH Div. of Forests and Lands


Built with Federal Emergency Funds after the 1938 hurricane, Warner Hill Lookout was commissioned in 1939. The 41' International Derrick steel tower has had several additions. During World War II it was used an an aircraft warning station because of its proximity to the seacoast. It is in active service.


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Visit Reports

May 29, 2017: 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 is currently being remodeled to be safer and more modern, one of many NH towers undergoing this process. When I visited I was unable to access the observation deck, which is the floor of the original International Derrick 1937 cab that the 10' x 10' cab rests on. Mentioning the International Derrick cab, while I understand that safety is always a concern and maintenance costs rise as towers grow older, I disagree with the decision to remove the walls of the original cab (now the observation deck) and replace them with railings, leaving only the corner posts of the International Derrick cab as reminders of an important history. The removal of the pieces of history is understandable but not in my opinion something that considered the history and uniqueness of them, especially since it used to be one of two towers like it in the United States.

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