fire towers.


USFS Fire Lookout Towers

Talladega National Forest
Talladega and Shoal Creek Ranger Districts


National Historic Lookout Register

Alabama's Lookout Tower Legacy

Horn Mountain Fire Lookout Tower Restoration Project


pinhoti northern terminus.

s11 ~ 6.4 ~ Dugger Mountain Tower ~ Removed after Wilderness Designation

s10 ~ 6.0 ~ Rattlesnake Mountain Tower ~ ?
s9 ~ 6.6 ~ Bankhead Tower ~ Standing
s7 ~ 15.4 ~ Horseblock Mountain Tower ~ Standing
s7 ~ 0.2 ~ Bunker Tower (Cheaha S. P.) ~ Standing
s5 ~ 12.1 ~ Burgess Point Tower ~ Moved to Dugger Mtn. to replace wooden tower
s4 ~ 9.8 ~ Horn Mountain Tower ~ Standing
s3 ~ ?.?? ~ Hollins Tower ~ Moved to Talladega District Ranger Office
s3 ~ 5.7? ~ Rebecca Mountain Tower ~ Removed
s1 ~ 0.0 ~ Flagg Mountain Tower ~ Standing
pinhoti southern terminus.

flagg mountain tower.

Weogufka State Forest
Trail Mile: s1 ~ 0.0 ~ Pinhoti Trail Southern Terminus
Elevation: 1152'
Status: Standing

Driving Directions:
From the intersection of AL 21 and AL 148 in downtown Sylacauga, go south on AL 21 6.0 miles to the intersection of AL 21 and CR 41 in Stewartville. Turn right.
Go 0.2 miles to the stop sign. Turn left. You are still on CR 41.
Go 6.4 miles to the 4 way stop sign in Weogufka, AL. Turn right on CR 56.
Go 3.3 miles to the 4 way stop sign in Unity, AL. Turn left on CR 55.
Go 0.8 miles to the first dirt road on the left, Flagg Mountain Road. Turn left.
Go 1.7 miles to the Cabin Road, on the left - continue on Flagg Mountain Road to the right.
Go 0.7 miles to the top of Flagg Mountain. The gated CCC Tower driveway will be on your left. Park your vehicle here and walk 0.2 miles up the hill past the gate.

rebecca mountain tower.

Talladega National Forest
Trail Mile: app. s3 ~ 5.7?
Elevation: 1410
Status: Missing
Not sure when this tower went missing.

Driving Directions:
A couple of friends bushwhacked across the ridge one day and guesstimated that the tower site is about 2 miles east of USFS 603 and topozone.com verifies this location.

Exit I ~ 20 at AL 21, in Oxford. Go south about 30 miles to Sylacauga.
Once you reach the Comer Library, on the left at the beginning of the old downtown district, turn left on AL 148.
Go past mile marker 3, plus another half mile or so to USFS 603, a dirt road on the right. Turn right.

You'll see a FS 603 sign on the right after you make the turn.
Go 2.6 miles to FS 603A. Turn left.
When you come to the fork in the road, with a yellow FS gate at the left fork, go right for 350’ to the trailhead parking area.
The trail goes into the woods on the left, 300’ past the parking area.
Hike 5.4 miles to West Tower Road and follow this up to the tower.

hollins tower.
Location: Section 3 ~ Trail access only.
Trail Mile: s3 ~ ?.??
Elevation: 1523
Status: Missing
This Tower is now a shortened display tower at the Talladega Ranger District Work Center on the east side of downtown Talladega, AL 21.

Driving Directions:
Exit I ~ 20 at AL 21, in Oxford. Go south about 30 miles to Sylacauga.
Once you reach the Comer Library, on the left at the beginning of the old downtown district, turn left on AL 148.
Go just past mile marker 11 and turn left on the first dirt road to the left, USFS ? The Bull’s Gap Trailhead parking area is on the left.

Hiking to the Tower:
Walk back out to AL 148. Cross the road and climb the far bank up the Pinhoti Trail.
Hike (? miles 2015) to the tower area.


horn mountain tower.
Location: Section 4 (on trail)
Trail Mile: 9.8
Elevation: 1912'
Status: Standing

Driving Directions:
Exit I ~ 20 at AL 21, in Oxford. Go south 14.3 miles to CR 321. Turn left.
Go 5.7 miles to AL 77. Turn left.
Go 5.5 miles to USFS 600. Turn right. (this is a big dirt road that goes straight up the mountain).
Go 4.2 miles on USFS 600 to a big yellow Forest Service gate, on the right.
The gate will probably be locked. The tower area is a couple hundred yards behind the gate, up the hill.


burgess point tower.
Location: Section 5 (on trail)
Trail Mile: s5 ~ 12.1
Elevation: 1870'
Status: Missing
In the 1960's this tower was relocated to Dugger Mountain to replace the old 30' wooden tower.

Driving Directions:
Exit I ~ 20 at AL 21, in Oxford.
If you are coming from Atlanta, go under the bridge to the first red light. Turn left on CR 24.
If you are coming from Birmingham, you are already at this red light. Go straight across on CR 24.
Go 7.9 miles to just before the overhead bridge. Turn left.
Go to the stop sign at AL 281. Turn right.
Go 15.2 miles to the Adams Gap Trailhead parking area / end of pavement. Continue straight past the parking area onto the dirt road, which is USFS 600. The tower site is 2.3 miles south of Adams Gap on USFS 600, but is no longer accessible by road with ordinary vehicles.

You can easily drive any type of car down 600 about a mile to where some new houses are being built and park on the side of the road. You'll have to walk the remainder of the way (about 1.3 miles) to the Pinhoti crossing. There are good trail crossing signposts on both sides of the road. If you go over to the signpost on the left and look straight up the mountain, you'll see an old grown up road bed that goes up 0.4 miles to the tower site.


bunker tower (cheaha state park).
Location: Section 7 (on trail)
Trail Mile: 79.3
Elevation: 2407'
Status: Standing

Driving Directions:
Exit I ~ 20 at AL 21, in Oxford.
If you are coming from Atlanta, go under the bridge to the first red light. Turn left on CR 24.
If you are coming from Birmingham, you are already at this red light. Go straight across on CR 24.
Go 7.9 miles to just before the overhead bridge. Turn left.
Go to the stop sign at AL 281. Turn right.
Go 9.2 miles to the Cheaha State Park entrance. Turn right.
Go 0.5 miles past the toll booth to the first paved road on the left. Turn left.
Go 0.1 miles up to the Tower.


horseblock mountain tower.
Location: Section 7 (off trail)
Trail Mile: 94.5
Elevation: 1504'
Status: Standing

Driving Directions:
Exit I ~ 20 at AL 21, in Oxford.
If you are coming from Atlanta, go under the bridge to the first red light. Turn left on CR 24.
If you are coming from Birmingham, you are already at this red light. Go straight across on CR 24.
Go 7.9 miles to just before the overhead bridge. Turn left.
Go to the stop sign at AL 281. Turn left.
Go 1.2 miles to the first dirt road on the right, which is just past the large paved Observation Area on the left.
There is a gate at the beginning of the dirt road so plan on walking up to the site.
The Tower is about 1/4 mile up the dirt road. You will come to a fork up near the top. Take the right fork.


bankhead tower.
Location: Section 9 (off trail)
Trail Mile: 112.8
Elevation: 1360'
Status: Standing

Driving Directions:
Exit I ~ 20 at US 431, east of Oxford. Turn Left.
Go north 0.3 miles to US 78. Turn right.
Go 5.3 miles to just before the overhead bridge. Turn left.
Go to the stop sign at AL 281. Go straight across onto USFS 500.
Go 2.7 miles to the Tower, which will be on the left.


rattlesnake mountain tower.
Location: Section 10 (off trail)
Trail Mile: 129.5
Elevation: 1640'
Status: Standing

Driving Directions:
I have not been to this site yet but I have made the assumption that this Tower is still standing. I will not give up hope unless I find either the dead body or a grave!! These directions and measurements are accurate up to USFS 536. The distance from the beginning of USFS 536 down to the site is app. I'll verify this info soon.

Exit I ~ 20 at US 431, east of Oxford. Turn left.
Go north 0.3 miles to US 78. Turn right.
Go 5.3 miles to just before the overhead bridge. Turn left.
Go to the stop sign at AL 281. Go straight across onto USFS 500.
 Go 2.1 miles to USFS 531. Turn left.
Go 5.0 miles to USFS 500. Turn left.
Go 4.9 miles to where USFS 500 turns left (the first paved road on the left). Turn left.
Go straight 0.8 miles to USFS 536 (the first dirt road on the left after the pavement ends). Turn left.
Go app. 2 miles to the dead end / turnaround at the tower site.
There is a gate here at the beginning of USFS 536 and you should plan on walking to the site from here.


dugger mountain tower.
Location: Section 11 (on trail)
Trail Mile: 142.5
Elevation: 2140'
Status: Missing

Driving Directions:
In the early 2000's, this Tower was sold to a private citizen and relocated because of the new Dugger Mountain Wilderness designation in 1999.
Exit I ~ 20 at US 431, east of Oxford. Turn Left.
Go north 0.3 miles to US 78. Turn right.
Go 3.9 miles to AL 9. Turn left.
Go 10.9 miles to CR55, at the yellow flashing light. Turn right. 
Go 8.7 miles to USFS 500. Turn Left.
Go 3.1 miles to the old tower road, on the left.
There is no longer vehicle access to the Tower site, so you will have to bushwhack about a mile up to the top.



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