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About Hickory Ridge Fire Tower

The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower, now standing guard over the Charles C. Deam Wilderness was once a sentinel built to protect a fledgling forest from wildfire. Today, it stands as a tribute to its builders, the last lookout tower remaining on the Hoosier National Forest. The Hickory Ridge Tower was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It was manned and used for fire detection until the 1970's. It is 110 feet tall, made of steel, with a 7 foot square cab and 123 metal steps. Originally there was a cabin or guard station, a latrine, and a garage built on the site. All but the tower have now been removed. Click here for a downloadable flier on the lookout tower.

National Forest
Hickory Ridge Fire Tower is located in Hoosier National Forest in Indiana
39.0347 N
-86.3221 W
Get Directions
Take State Route 446 south from State Route 46 out of Bloomington and turn at Tower Ridge Road. This is the road that has a sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Maumee Boy Scout Camp. It is a gravel road. The tower is about 5 miles down this road on the left. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 39o 2' 5.453"N Long- 86o 19' 16.532"W
2 Reviews of Hickory Ridge Fire Tower
Hickory Ridge

unfortunately I did not get stay long, but it seemed as though I was having difficulties finding things to do

First to Review
Questival camping!

We stayed here for Cotopaxi Questival Indianapolis. It was great and we were able to complete multiple challenges! Great location!