Kettlefoot Lookout Tower
US 1001, TN 16
Mike Farmer photo

Mike Farmer photo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1001, TN 16 (view other lookouts in United States, Tennessee)
Date Registered September 2, 2014
Nominated by Mike Farmer
Location Johnson County, Tennessee
Coordinates N 36° 25.609' W 081° 52.000' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 25' 37" W 081° 51' 60"
N 36.426813° W 081.866665°
Elevation 3,885 ft (1,184 m)
Built 1948
Administered by Tennessee Division of Forestry


Kettlefoot Lookout Tower is planned to become part of a new multiple-use recreation area being developed by the State of Tennessee. The tower is named for a large bear that caught his foot in a kettle.


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April 2021 photo

April 2021 photo - courtesy of Rocco Germani

Visit Reports

April 2, 2021: Rocco Germani


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower was recently restored in 2019, it is the best shape I have ever seen a tower in, aside from the missing windows, which I assume weren't reinstalled due to concerns of vandalism.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Typically, this tower can be accessed via the ATV trails that are maintained by the Doe Mountain Recreation Area. The day I went, all of the ATVs and Motorbikes were rented out, so I chose to hike 4.5 miles up to the tower, from the North Entrance of the park. Maps are available on the Doe Mountain Recreation Area's website.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure