Red Oak Knob Fire Tower
US 1150, WV 18
May 2015

May 2015 - courtesy of user DukeMartin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1150, WV 18 (view other lookouts in United States, West Virginia)
Date Registered November 27, 2016
Nominated by Brian M. Powell
Location Monongahela National Forest
Webster County, West Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 21.195' W 080° 26.441' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 21' 12" W 080° 26' 26"
N 38.353250° W 080.440679°
Elevation 3,705 ft (1,129 m)
Built 1964
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


Located on Cranberry Ridge east of Cowen, Red Oak Knob Fire Tower overlooks the Williams River and Cranberry River watersheds in Monongahela National Forest. The 80-foot steel tower was erected in 1964 to replace an earlier 30-foot wooden tower built by the CCC in 1934. The present tower features a 14'x14' CL100-series all metal cab with wrap-around catwalk.

As of 2017, Monongahela National Forest has plans to renovate the tower and offer overnight rentals of its observation cab.


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1935 photo

1935 photo - courtesy of National Archives

1933 Road Oak Knob Fire Tower and its 1964 replacement

1933 Road Oak Knob Fire Tower and its 1964 replacement - courtesy of U.S. Forest Service