Bickle Knob Fire Tower
US 1101, WV 12
October 2010 photo by Brian Powell

October 2010 photo by Brian Powell

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1101, WV 12 (view other lookouts in United States, West Virginia)
Date Registered January 3, 2015
Nominated by Brian Powell
Location Monongahela National Forest
Randolph County, West Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 56.067' W 079° 43.886' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 56' 04" W 079° 43' 53"
N 38.934454° W 079.731430°
Elevation 4,012 ft (1,223 m)
Built 1933
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


The cab of Bickle Knob tower has been replaced with an open viewing deck providing expansive views of the Shavers Fork watershed and Otter Creek Wilderness. It is a popular stop for visitors to Monongahela National Forest.


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1933 photo

1933 photo - courtesy of National Archives

Visit Reports

March 5, 2017: Kristin Reynolds


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Not Applicable
Good condition? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes


March 5, 2017 photo

March 5, 2017 photo - courtesy of Kristin Reynolds