Red Oak Knob Fire Tower
US 1150, WV 18
May 2022 photo

May 2022 photo - courtesy of Brian M. Powell

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 2023, Monongahela National Forest has been working with AmeriCorps on restoring the tower to be reopened as an overnight rental. Roof, floor, and window repairs have been completed on the tower. A lightning protection system and lighting have been installed and modern pit toilets have been constructed on the site. A RV pad and hookup are planned to allow for a 2025 opening.


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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