Thorny Mountain Fire Tower
US 63, WV 2
May 2012 photo

May 2012 photo - courtesy of Brian M. Powell

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 63, WV 2 (view other lookouts in United States, West Virginia)
Date Registered June 3, 1993
Nominated by Ralph P. Glover, Jr., WV Division of Forestry
Location Seneca State Forest
Pocahontas County, West Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 18.793' W 079° 56.742' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 18' 48" W 079° 56' 45"
N 38.313210° W 079.945699°
Elevation 3,385 ft (1,032 m)
Built 1935
Administered by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Cooperators Seneca State Forest
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


Originally built in the 1920s by the CCC on the eastern side of Seneca State Forest, Thorny Mountain Fire Tower was reconstructed to its present location in 1935 to provide better coverage of the Greenbrier River valley. The 53’ steel tower with 12x12 live-in wooden cab and catwalk is one-of-a-kind in West Virginia.

In 2015, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources completed a renovation of the tower and began permitting overnight rentals.


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Visit Reports

July 31, 2015: Walter Lane Jr.


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower was renovated in 2015 and is available for nightly rental from Seneca State Forest . I stayed there for 2 nights and it was great !

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The tower site is easily accessed by vehicle although it may require four wheel drive during wet or snowy periods .


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response