Green Pond Mountain Lookout
US 83, NJ 4

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 83, NJ 4 (view other lookouts in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered June 4, 1994
Location Picatinny Arsenal
Morris County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 40° 57.003' W 074° 34.132' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 57' 00" W 074° 34' 08"
N 40.950050° W 074.568867°
Elevation 1,240 ft (378 m)
Administered by Picatinny Arsenal
Cooperators New Jersey Chapter, FFLA


The only fire tower in New Jersey to have a catwalk, Green Pond Mountain Lookout was built in 1942 as a sentry and fire detection site overlooking the fuse and explosive assembly area by the U.S. Army in the Picatinny Arsenal. With reduced military activity in recent years, the site has not been used and plans were underway to remove the cab and refurbish the steel tower as an antenna site. Restoration of the tower is complete, and the New Jersey Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association has accepted the task of rebuilding the cab. A forest fire in April, 1994 was stopped with a backfire at the tower and it is anticipated that the structure will again be staffed during periods of high fire danger.


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Visit Reports

August 29, 2020: John Grivalsky


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: Tower 291 or Green Pond Mountain Fire Tower is slated for demolition, has been abandoned for use as a Radio Tower and sits dormant. The roof overhang for the catwalk has collapsed and no glass remains intact. The structure is still in good condition with the cab in very poor shape. NJFFS has expressed interest in taking over the tower to utilize due to its prime location.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: A cellular array mono pole antenna has been installed within 50 feet of the structure

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Access is generally not given to the general public, post has been closed to public access since 2001


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes