Big Stamp Lookout Site
US 1737, NC 2
Concrete footings from the tower

Concrete footings from the tower - courtesy of Victoria Oliver

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1737, NC 2 (view other lookout sites in United States, North Carolina)
Date Registered December 11, 2018
Nominated by Victoria Oliver
Location Nantahala National Forest
Clay County, North Carolina
Coordinates N 35° 08.335' W 083° 49.054' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 08' 20" W 083° 49' 03"
N 35.138917° W 083.817562°
Elevation 4,437 ft (1,352 m)
Removed 1960s
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


According to U.S. Forest Service resources, Big Stamp Bald was as a seasonal meeting place for two Native American tribes in pre-European times. The Valley River Tribe (from the Andrews area) and the Spike Buck Tribe (from the Hayesville area) would hike to the bald for gatherings and dances.

Eventually, the location was deemed useful for fire observation and a U.S. Forest Service fire tower was constructed. The last fire warden, Glen Beaver, called in the final fire, burning near Tipton, North Carolina, from the tower in the 1960s.

As of 2018, concrete footers, a water cistern, and underground storm shelter remain at the site.


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