|Tennessee Lookout Towers|
The highest tower site (observation) is Clingmans Dome (6643'). The highest site for a standing fire tower in TN is Mount Cammerer (4928'). In the Smokies on the NC side, the highest site for a standing tower is Mt Sterling (5842').
In 1905, the first USFS fire lookout tower was placed in operation in Greenville, Maine. The Great Fire of 1910, a 3-million acre wildfire in the northwest, motivated tower building across the country. The CCC in 1933 began building towers and there were about 8,0000 towers in the US by 1940. Tower building continued through the 1950s. [still gathering info on the history of lookout towers in Tennessee ...] Tennessee's first fire tower was at Cagle. From 1933 to 1941, the Civilian Conservation Corps erected 98 lookout towers in Tennessee. (Read more about CCC towers.) The Cherokee National Forest (CNF) had 18 fire towers.
Smoky Mountain lookout towers Google
Lookout towers (or former locations) on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park include Bunker Hill, Rich Mountain, Cove Mountain (standing), Blanket Mountain, Ben Parton, Cliff Top, Clingmans Dome (standing), Greenbrier, Mount Guyot, and Mount Cammerer (standing), Nearby on the Foothills Parkway is the Look Rock observation tower. Smoky Mountain fire tower locations on the NC side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park include Mount Sterling (standing), Shuckstack (standing), High Rocks (removed), Spruce Mountain (removed). Standing near the NC side of the park are Mount Noble and Barnett Knob.
Wildlife viewing platforms are located at Hatfield knob (elk, info or here), Hiwassee WMA (cranes), Blythe Ferry, Cove Lake, Kyker Bottoms, Reelfoot Lake south platform and photo, north platform (KY). Also viewing platforms at Chickasaw and Lake Isom wildlife refuges ( article) and other viewing platforms. TTU's Center Hill Lake observation tower
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Revised Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:02:41 -0500