High Knob Lookout (George Washington NF)
US 76, VA 1

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 76, VA 1 (view other lookouts in United States, Virginia)
Date Registered January 27, 1994
Nominated by Bud Risner, Dry River District Ranger and Gerard Jaques, S.O. Fire Staff
Location George Washington National Forest
Rockingham County, Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 34.122' W 079° 10.242' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 34' 07" W 079° 10' 15"
N 38.568700° W 079.170700°
Elevation 4,107 ft (1,252 m)
Built 1939
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Dry River Ranger District

Description

High Knob Lookout is one of but three fire towers remaining on the George Washington National Forest where there once were 24.

Located at an elevation of 4,107 feet, on the state line between Virginia’s Rockingham County and West Virginia’s Pendleton County, the High Knob Fire Lookout Tower is one of the most outstanding viewing spots in the George Washington National Forest. The 20’ stone tower has a wooden 14’x14’ cab with a catwalk. It is the only stone lookout in Virginia and is a memorial to the veterans and CCC personnel who built it. The tower was restored in 2003.

Construction on High Knob Lookout Tower, started in 1939 by World War I veterans, was under the supervision of John Moffett of Stuarts Draft, Virginia. The tower was completed in 1940 by men working out of North River Camp #2 of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Milford C. Howard of Bridgewater, Virginia, was the Forest Supervisor at that time.

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Photos

Former USFS rangers Bill Woodland and Charlie Huppuch hiking to High Knob in December 2013

Former USFS rangers Bill Woodland and Charlie Huppuch hiking to High Knob in December 2013

Former USFS rangers Bill Woodland and Charlie Huppuch at top of High Knob in December 2013

Former USFS rangers Bill Woodland and Charlie Huppuch at top of High Knob in December 2013

Lookout Gerald Fawley using an Osborne Fire Finder at High Knob

Lookout Gerald Fawley using an Osborne Fire Finder at High Knob - courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Cab interior in June 2009

Cab interior in June 2009 - courtesy of Brian Powell

View from High Knob Lookout in June 2009

View from High Knob Lookout in June 2009 - courtesy of Brian Powell

View from High Knob Lookout in June 2009

View from High Knob Lookout in June 2009 - courtesy of Brian Powell

View from High Knob Lookout in June 2009

View from High Knob Lookout in June 2009 - courtesy of Brian Powell

Visit Reports

April 18, 2017: Tammy Simmons

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Is in pretty good shape. Some of the railing is wearing but otherwise in good shape overall.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower?

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No Response
Directions to tower signed? Yes

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No

Photos

April 18, 2017 photo

April 18, 2017 photo - courtesy of Tammy Simmons

December 5, 2013: Charles Huppuch

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Wooden Stairs look good along with wood doors. Cab looks good and paint is holding up for a few more years. <br />Wooden locust rails are getting weak in sections and could be dangerous soon if they should break or pull out.The inside floor of the cabin show signs there may be a small leak in the roof

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Trail to tower in generally good shape and has a trail head board describing the history of the lookout. No vandalism noted.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes