|US 251, TN 3 (view other lookouts in United States, Tennessee)
|March 1, 1998
|Norman Jefferson, Archaeologist, Unaka R.D.
Cherokee National Forest
Carter County, Tennessee
N 36° 27.446' W 082° 04.636' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 27' 27" W 082° 04' 38"
N 36.457440° W 082.077267°
|4,117 ft (1,255 m)
|U.S. Forest Service
|Unaka Ranger District
|Condition of wood OK?
|Holston High Knob Tower is one of the South's most unique lookouts due to it's type and location. Sadly, the entire cab has been torn off including all four walls and the roof, exposing the wooden floor to the elements. All interior contents are missing as well, only the plywood floor remains, exposed to the elements. Top of tower is flat now, and has been in this condition for several years. All wooden stair steps have recently been replaced with steel steps, as well as the floor of the old catwalk. A fence was added around the base of the tower, but vandals have torn out one side and the gate at the bottom of the stairs. Vandals have carried large stones to the top of the tower, and dropped them onto the roof of the most recent privy, completely destroying it. The block walls of this privy have holes busted through them by vandals as well. The glass cover and interior workings of the electric power meter which serves the tower(located on a pole at the base) has been smashed by vandals and exposed to the elements, and is making a loud humming noise. Cement identification numbers are still present on ground but need some repair and a complete repaint.
Electronics and Enroachments
|Are electronic sites enroaching on tower?
|3 large dish antenna's remain on tower, and two more unused dish antenna mounts sit empty.
Access and Signs
|NHLR sign posted?
|Directions to tower signed?
|No NHLR signs are visible anywere on site, or anywhere on the road leading up to the site.
Lookout was staffed until 1991. Current condition of lookout will not allow for any kind of staffing situation.
Opportunities for Volunteer Support
|Volunteers staffing opportunities?
|Volunteer maintenance opportunities?
This lookout is very unique, and serves as a landmark to the entire region. Undoubetly there would be interest shown towards volunteer support in regards to maintenance and staffing, if a good program could be initiated.