Rattlesnake Fire Tower
US 155, PA 6
February 2017 photo

February 2017 photo - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 155, PA 6 (view other lookouts in United States, Pennsylvania)
Date Registered December 15, 1995
Nominated by Stephen J. Cummings, Bureau of Forestry & FFLA
Location Moshannon State Forest
Centre County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates N 40° 54.887' W 078° 00.601' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 54' 53" W 078° 00' 36"
N 40.914785° W 078.010022°
Elevation 2,432 ft (741 m)
Administered by Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
Cooperators Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry


One can easily imagine how Rattlesnake Fire Tower got its name. The original tower was built in 1933 on a rocky ridge in Pennsylvania’s Moshannon State Forest. This 80-foot steel tower with 7’x7’ metal cab is strategically located and remains in active service.

As part of Pennsylvania's late-2010s fire tower upgrades, the original tower was replaced with a new 80-foot steel structure. The original tower was removed but its stone observer's cabin remains on-site.


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Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley

Visit Reports

February 19, 2017: 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 adjacent observer's cabin are in good condition, although the windows in the cabin may need repairs. The only thing of note about this tower is that, for some unknown reason, the landings have been expanded to be larger than normal, creating a large safety hazard in the form of very large gaps in the railings. Why the landings were expanded is beyond me, but there's no chicken wire covering the holes in the railings, creating chest-height, opened gaps that someone could easily fall through.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There is a sign that says "Rattlesnake Fire Tower".


Staffed? Sometimes
Apparently this tower is still staffed.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure