Liberty Hill Lookout
US 836, SC 6
September 2020 photo

September 2020 photo - courtesy of Christopher Armenti

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 836, SC 6 (view other lookouts in United States, South Carolina)
Date Registered November 17, 2009
Nominated by Ron Stafford
Location Sumter National Forest
Edgefield County, South Carolina
Coordinates N 33° 55.367' W 082° 08.567' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 55' 22" W 082° 08' 34"
N 33.922780° W 082.142780°
Elevation 519 ft (158 m)
Built 1940
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Long Cane Ranger District


This 100' LS-40 Aermotor tower with 7'x7' galvanized sheet metal cab with hip roof was constructed in the 1940s on the Sumter National Forest and used by the Forest Service until 1989. The Liberty Hill tower was one of several lookout stations used in the comprehensive fixed-point fire detection of the earlier years of the Forest Service. The buildings around the Liberty Hill lookout tower were used as the fire dispatching office for the Edgefield and Long Cane districts as well as a fire equipment cache and staging area during extreme fire days.


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Visit Reports

September 16, 2020: Christopher Armenti


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Tower looked to be in good structural condition and all of the components on the cab, windows and the like were present. The stairs were complete but I couldn't verify the condition since the base of the tower is gated and posted. Little sign of rust. Overall surroundings were nice with no trees encroaching on the tower. There was one small communications antenna but it was well away and no more than 15-20 feet high. It is fenced separately.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: One small antenna a good distance away and short compared to the 100 foot tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The base of the tower is fenced off so there is no access to the stairs. The small building at the base is signed with a warning about radio emissions. The fence is posted no trespassing.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The grass was about knee high and there was some debris on the ground.