Hayters Knob Lookout
US 1051, VA 20
September 2020 photo

September 2020 photo - courtesy of John Blackburn

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1051, VA 20 (view other lookouts in United States, Virginia)
Date Registered December 15, 2014
Nominated by Reginald B. Childers
Location The Channels Natural Area Preserve
Washington County, Virginia
Coordinates N 36° 52.280' W 081° 58.710' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 52' 17" W 081° 58' 43"
N 36.871333° W 081.978500°
Elevation 4,208 ft (1,283 m)
Built 1939
Administered by Virginia Department of Forestry


The Department of Forestry, after being founded in 1914, started building steel towers in the 1930s. The tower was constructed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps men. The tower construction materials were carried to the construction site on mules and the men's backs. The tower was in use from 1939 until the spring of 1970. The tower commands a view of over 60 miles on a clear winter day and fewer than six feet when the fog settles over the mountain.

The lookout tower is located in The Channels Natural Area Preserve which was created in 2008 by the Commonwealth of Virginia to protect a unique sandstone formation located approximately 100 feet east. A common access route is just over a three mile hike from a parking lot on VA Route 80 at Hayters Gap on a dirt private road (easement obtained for hikers only), then forest roads.


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Photo courtesy of John Blackburn