Woodlawn Lookout
US 838, SC 8

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 838, SC 8 (view other lookouts in United States, South Carolina)
Date Registered November 17, 2009
Nominated by Ron Stafford
Location Sumter National Forest
McCormick County, South Carolina
Coordinates N 33° 37.417' W 082° 07.600' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 37' 25" W 082° 07' 36"
N 33.623610° W 082.126670°
Elevation 534 ft (163 m)
Built 1936
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 May 1936 and was used by the Forest Service actively until the 1980s. The Woodlawn Lookout, also known as the Clarks Hill Lookout, was the fourth tower to be built in the Long Cane Division by the Bradley CCC camp. The Woodlawn tower was one of several primary lookout stations used in the comprehensive fixed-point fire detection of the earlier years of the Forest Service.


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Photo courtesy of Ron Stafford

Photo courtesy of Ron Stafford

Visit Reports

September 16, 2020: Christopher Armenti


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: I did a swing through Parsons Mountain Lookout, Liberty Hill Lookout and Woodlawn Lookout on 9-16-2020. The Woodlawn tower was by far in the worst shape. The fencing erected around the base has been mostly pulled down to grant access. The bottom staircase has been removed but a make-shift strap ladder has been affixed to the first platform allowing access to the remaining steps. The outside of the cabin is covered in graffiti as are some parts of the fencing bordering the steps. I didn't climb up to check the interior of the cabin but all of the windows are broken. The tower looked pretty shabby but the structure looked ok. The lower part of the tower have vines growing on them and the overall area around the base looks like there has been no maintenance in some time.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? Foliage around the base of the tower, some trees but mostly vines.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? The lower steps have been removed and any no trespassing signs have likely been taken down along with the chain link fence around the base.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure
The tower likely needs to be checked for structural stability and several of the wooden steps are missing higher up. This tower would require a lot of work to look like the one at Parsons Mountain or Liberty Hill. Seems to be a hangout spot judging by the graffiti and broken beer bottles on the ground.