Flat Woods Lookout
US 1080, TN 21
1942 photo courtesy of Tennessee Secretary of State

1942 photo courtesy of Tennessee Secretary of State

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1080, TN 21 (view other lookouts in United States, Tennessee)
Date Registered January 3, 2015
Nominated by Jerry Lutes
Location Wayne County, Tennessee
Coordinates N 35° 28.800' W 087° 46.260' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 28' 48" W 087° 46' 16"
N 35.480000° W 087.771000°
Elevation 944 ft (288 m)
Administered by Tennessee Division of Forestry


The Flat Woods Fire Tower is located in Wayne County, west of Columbia and just State Route 13. It is a 100’ structure with diagonal stairs and still used by the Tennessee Division of Forestry as a radio repeater site.


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Visit Reports

March 4, 2006: Jerry Lutes


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: 100' diagonal stairs, steel tower. Bottom 1 and 1/2 flights of stairs removed to prevent climbing. Tower has been hand-painted in the past several years. This tower is right off Hwy 13. There are Do Not Trespass signs, and a more modern living structure on site (subsequently seen similar home at other tower sites). Home does not appear to have been lived in over the past year or two. There is a small TN Forestry building (locked) on site. Wiring leading to tower is from inside of building.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Other enroachments? Two communications antennas are attached to the cab and there appears to be electricity to the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
This site would be a great opportunity for cooperation with TN Dept of Forestry. With volunteer support, home could be a possible good rental location. Tower is not far from Buffalo River recreation opportunities (rafting).