Pinnacle Fire Tower
US 637, TN 6

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 637, TN 6 (view other lookouts in United States, Tennessee)
Date Registered May 10, 2005
Nominated by Nathan Coggins
Location Buffalo Mountain
Washington County, Tennessee
Coordinates N 36° 13.027' W 082° 22.236' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 13' 02" W 082° 22' 14"
N 36.217120° W 082.370600°
Elevation 3,448 ft (1,051 m)
Built 1930
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


Pinnacle Lookout has been landmark above Unicoi, Tennessee for 75 years. The Cherokee National Forest station is a 14’x14’ live in wooden tower with catwalk on a 40’ steel tower. Last staffed in the 1980s, it has been restored by the Friends of Pinnacle Tower including a grant from the FFLA. See link below for photo of restored tower.


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Visit Reports

August 9, 2008: Jeff Flanary


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: First flight of stairs taken down, roof has at least one big hole, most glass out, steel seems in pretty good shape. Tower has a fence around it, but the gate is open.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: This is the only tower of this type I have seen in my area, with a full cab and catwalk. There was talk of taking off the cab and making this a recreation area with the tower as a lookout w/no cab, but I have heard nothing more and that was a year or two ago.
Other enroachments? Several dishes on tower, one cellular tower and building sitting almost on top of the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
Don't know about voluntary maintainence support as I don't know any contacts for this tower.