Cove Mountain Lookout
US 1028, VA 19
Kristin Scholetzky photo

Kristin Scholetzky photo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1028, VA 19 (view other lookouts in United States, Virginia)
Date Registered September 3, 2014
Nominated by Kristin Scholetzky
Location Cove Mountain
Wythe County, Virginia
Coordinates N 37° 02.008' W 080° 57.302' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 02' 00" W 080° 57' 18"
N 37.033460° W 080.955030°
Elevation 3,338 ft (1,017 m)
Built 1941


Cove Mountain is an 83 feet tall steel tower located in Wythe County, VA. It has a 14x14 cab. It is near Max Meadows, in the Miller's Creek area.

Tower is not in use. Access to the tower is by permission of the landowner only.


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Visit Reports

August 30, 2010: Dan East


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: Tower has not been used in many decades. Very rural, isolated tower. No access road. Cab floor is wood, and I'm leery of it. The joists and planks look good from below, but there is some rotting of the wood at the doorway. Tower is at least 60' tall, but I did not determine the exact height. Most glass broken, ceiling wood and insulation has fallen down in places and the debris is on the floor. Built sometime before 1945, materials carried to the top of the mountain by convicts, according to an 82 year old local that was born within site of this tower, and remembered its construction. Unused for at least 40 years. Steel structure, stairs, rails all seem to be in very good condition.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

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