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
Southern, 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 1934
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 lookout features a large cab with exterior catwalk atop a steel tower. It was constructed in 1934 using CCC labor.

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