Snowy Mountain Lookout
US 388, PA 9

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 388, PA 9 (view other lookouts in United States, Pennsylvania)
Date Registered July 1, 2001
Nominated by Michael Kusko, Jr., District Forester
Location Michaux State Forest
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates N 39° 50.052' W 077° 29.744' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 50' 03" W 077° 29' 45"
N 39.834206° W 077.495729°
Elevation 2,082 ft (635 m)
Built 1975
Administered by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


Located eight miles north of the Maryland, Snowy Mountain Lookout is in the Michaux State Forest not far from the historic Mont Alto Forest Ranger School. An 80-foot Aermotor tower with 7' x 7' metal cab was constructed in 1930. It made the news on October 29, 1973 when vandals felled the tower, cutting two of the four legs using only hacksaws. The criminals were eventually caught and charged with replacing the tower in 1975 at a cost of $45,800. The new 80-foot Aermotor LS-40K tower with a catwalk on one side is located on the Appalachian Trail and is used during peak fire periods.


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Visit Reports

July 12, 2018: Kristin Reynolds


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower is not missing any boards or bolts. The catwalk is the only place that I did not go but can vouch for the rest.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Tower is gated; must get permission to access. Security system in place.


Staffed? Sometimes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure


Photo courtesy of Kristin Reynolds