Hardscrabble Knob Lookout Site
US 1597, VA 11
Former Hardscrabble Knob tower (Renick Proffitt photo)

Former Hardscrabble Knob tower (Renick Proffitt photo)

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1597, VA 11 (view other lookout sites in United States, Virginia)
Date Registered June 9, 2015
Nominated by Renick Proffitt
Location George Washington National Forest
Augusta County, Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 22.050' W 079° 19.218' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 22' 03" W 079° 19' 13"
N 38.367500° W 079.320300°
Elevation 4,290 ft (1,308 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


The remains of the Hardscrabble Knob fire tower now lie on the ground. A partially standing cabin previously used by lookouts is nearby.

Hardscrabble Knob is the only known example of a fire tower of this design. It is either an Aeromotor windmill tower or a CAA aircraft beacon tower that was fitted with a unique 6'x6' cab. It was built and used by the U.S. Forest Service.


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