Buckhorn Ridge Lookout
US 296, PA 8

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 296, PA 8 (view other lookouts in United States, Pennsylvania)
Date Registered December 15, 1998
Nominated by Anthony J. Cardwell, District Forester
Location Delaware State Forest
Pike County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates N 41° 23.531' W 074° 49.980' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 23' 32" W 074° 49' 59"
N 41.392175° W 074.833001°
Elevation 1,474 ft (449 m)
Administered by Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
Cooperators Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry

Description

Buckhorn Ridge tower is one of the few remaining Blaw-Knox (as compared to the more common Aermotor brand) towers in Pennsylvania, and the only one in District 19. Located within the Delaware State Forest. The 60’ tower with 7’ x 7’ metal cab serves as a cooperative fire detection point with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. In active service, it overlooks the Gifford Pinchot estate (U.S. Forest Service) and the Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreation River.

Map

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Photos

Photo by Bill Starr, November 1, 2009

Photo by Bill Starr, November 1, 2009

Photo by Mark Haughwout, January 1990

Photo by Mark Haughwout, January 1990

Photo by Mark Haughwout, January 1990

Photo by Mark Haughwout, January 1990

Photo by Mark Haughwout, January 1990

Photo by Mark Haughwout, January 1990

Visit Reports

February 21, 2017: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? No
Comments: This tower is in terrible condition. Don't climb it. The steps are rotted and deteriorated and the whole thing shakes as you climb. The cab is no longer accessible, the door has been boarded up and a metal bar has been nailed across it. Whoever did this cared enough to close off the door, but not enough to close the open windows that still could be securely shut. The boards are loose and weak, and pieces of wood actually fell off some of the steps as I climbed down. The phone line is still strung up along the phone poles that still stand along the access road, as if the state always expected to come back.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There are signs along Fire Tower Road in Milford (which doesn't look very maintained after you pass the houses) that point to the tower.

Staffing

Staffed? No
This tower looks like it hasn't been staffed in a long, long time.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No

Photos

Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley