Cowee Bald Lookout
US 71, NC 3

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 71, NC 3 (view other lookouts in United States, North Carolina)
Date Registered December 30, 1993
Nominated by Joe Nicholson, Wayah R.D.
Location Nantahala National Forest
Greens Creek, Jackson County, North Carolina
Coordinates N 35° 19.584' W 083° 20.093' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 19' 35" W 083° 20' 06"
N 35.326405° W 083.334877°
Elevation 4,892 ft (1,491 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Wayah Ranger District


Also located within the Nantahala National Forest is Cowee Bald Lookout, whose view includes much of the southern flank of the Great Smoky Mountains. Built in 1936, the 40’ steel tower with 14x14’ live-in cab with catwalk, was rebuilt in 1980. Although not staffed on a regular basis since the 1960s, the lookout is used jointly by the NC Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service on an emergency basis.


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