Hohenwald Lookout
US 1083, TN 22
1952 photo courtesy of Tennessee Secretary of State

1952 photo courtesy of Tennessee Secretary of State

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1083, TN 22 (view other lookouts in United States, Tennessee)
Date Registered January 3, 2015
Nominated by Jerry Lutes
Location Lewis County, Tennessee
Coordinates N 35° 31.350' W 087° 36.078' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 31' 21" W 087° 36' 05"
N 35.522500° W 087.601300°
Elevation 992 ft (302 m)


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Visit Reports

March 4, 2006: Jerry Lutes


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Found this site by accident as I was traveling from Flatwood to Summertown towers. This site is right along Hwy and is an active TN Department of Forestry site. The tower is a 60' diagonal stairs/steel tower, located on State Property. Wood on stairs/landings is weathered, but sturdy. Cab was open and a firefinder table and firefinder base were still in cab. Most towers that still have this equipment have been the same. The firefinder bases that I've seen are not the Osborne finder type, but basically a round metal disk with a compass rose painted on it. I believe that the whole purpose of these finders is to get a fix using triangulation from other towers.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: There is one communications antenna on the site.
Other enroachments? There is a house (appears to be lived in) and several maintenance sheds and facilities on this site. A large flatbed truck/bulldozer unit was sitting next to the buildings, along with several state pickup trucks. However, no one seemed to be around, so I couldn't get more information about this tower, or other sites.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? No
Cab conditions shows that the tower has not been used for observation in some time.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
Good site for Department of Forestry - site is secure.