76, Virginia 1
George Washington National Forest
Rockingham County, Virginia
Coordinates: N38.5687 W79.1707
Administrative Unit: U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators: Dry River Ranger District
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High Knob Lookout is one of but three fire towers remaining on the George
Washington National Forest where there once were 24.
Located at an elevation of 4,050 feet, on the State line between
Virginia’s Rockingham County and West Virginia’s Pendleton County, the High
Knob Fire Lookout Tower is one of the most outstanding viewing spots in the
George Washington National Forest. The 20’ stone tower
has a wooden 14’x14’ cab with a catwalk. It is the only stone lookout in
Virginia and is a memorial to the veterans and CCC personnel who built it.
The tower has been recently restored.
Construction on High Knob Lookout Tower, started in 1939 by World War
I veterans, was under the supervision of John Moffett (retired) of Stuarts
Draft, Virginia. The tower was completed in 1940 by men working out of North
River Camp No. 2 of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Milford C. Howard of
Bridgewater, Virginia, was the Forest Supervisor at that time.
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