Sand Mountain Fire Tower
US 1253, PA 22

Photo courtesy of Ron Stafford

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1253, PA 22 (view other lookouts in United States, Pennsylvania)
Date Registered December 6, 2017
Nominated by Ron Stafford
Location Union County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates N 41° 00.110' W 077° 07.889' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 00' 07" W 077° 07' 53"
N 41.001839° W 077.131478°
Elevation 2,070 ft (631 m)
Built 1950
Administered by Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry


The original tower here was a 60' Aermotor built in 1917. It was replaced in 1950 by a 80' Aermotor tower moved in from Eastville (a.k.a. Hartley), also in Union County.


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Visit Reports

June 4, 2022: Kyle Fawcett


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: This lookout is in very bad shape, all of the plexiglass has been broken out, the door has been torn off, it hasn't been painted in years, and the bottom several flights of stairs have been torn off. The district activity report for the Forestry District in which this tower is located indicates that they are just awaiting funding to be allocated to remove this tower.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: A large communications tower is located next to this site.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Access to tower is prohibited.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No