Tams Mountain Tower
US 269, WV 5
June 2013 photo

June 2013 photo - courtesy of Brian Powell

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 269, WV 5 (view other lookouts in United States, West Virginia)
Date Registered June 1, 1998
Nominated by Jim Circle, District Forester
Location Raleigh County, West Virginia
Coordinates N 37° 41.882' W 081° 18.094' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 41' 53" W 081° 18' 06"
N 37.698035° W 081.301563°
Elevation 2,637 ft (804 m)
Administered by West Virginia Division of Forestry
Cooperators West Virginia Division of Forestry


The first road and trail to Tams Mountain Tower was built in 1933 under a federal law designed to provide “forest work” during the Great Depression. The 80’ Aermotor tower with 7’ x 7’ cab was built by the CCC the following year, along with a log cabin observer quarters. Located on Beaver Coal Company lands, the WV Division of Forestry tower is now used only in emergencies.


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Watchman's Cabin in June 2013

Watchman's Cabin in June 2013 - courtesy of Brian Powell