Shannock Hill Fire Tower
US 1046, RI 7
Shannock Hill Fire Tower - 2021

Shannock Hill Fire Tower - 2021 - courtesy of Ashley Applethingy

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1046, RI 7 (view other lookouts in United States, Rhode Island)
Date Registered September 3, 2014
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Washington County, Rhode Island
Coordinates N 41° 27.738' W 071° 38.284' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 27' 44" W 071° 38' 17"
N 41.462300° W 071.638067°
Elevation 290 ft (88 m)
Built 1968
Administered by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management


This 80-foot tower was built in 1986. It replaced a tower that had previously been on the site since 1926.

The cab burned in a fire on July 7, 2022. Replacement plan is unknown.


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Shannock Hill Fire Tower - Destruction on July 7, 2022

Shannock Hill Fire Tower - Destruction on July 7, 2022 - courtesy of the Richmond-Carolina Fire District

Visit Reports

November 20, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: This tower is possibly the worst-condition tower I have ever visited. The fence around the base is basically for show now, as there are so many holes and gaps in it that it may just as well be unlocked. The air conditioner in the front of the cab has been kicked out, leaving an empty hole on one of the walls. One of the shutters has also been moved, exposing the cab to the elements. The wood on the cab and the stairs doesn't look very good, and the cab can't be safe anymore, being as exposed as it is.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No


Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley