Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 36° 52.280 W 081° 58.710
17S E 412789 N 4081045
Firetower in NGS database, but without description.
Waymark Code: WM8E8E
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 03/21/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 6

No description in NGS database, so will attempt to provide one here. Coordinates were taken from horizontal center of the tower at the concrete base for the steps (bottom set now removed) which indicate a May 1930 construction date. The 4208' elevation marked on the topo map and on a low beam at the tower agreed well with a pair of GPSr units. The tower appears to be in good condition with some new bolts being added.

The firetower is now located in The Channels Nature Area Preserve which was created in 2008 by Commonwealth of Virginia to protect a unique sandstone formation located 100 feet east. Primary access is from Brumley Gap Road with a 5.5 mile hike up to the high point. A more common route is just over three mile hike in from VA80 at Hayter Gap on dirt private, then forest service roads (but prior permission needed from landowner).
Condition: Mark found in good condition


Benchmark Agency: National Geodetic Survey

Monumentation type: Lookout Tower

County: Washington County, VA

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name (optional): HAYTERS GAP

Find type: Coordinates and/or to-reach information from the NGS database (or Geocaching's copy of it) were used

Web address of this benchmark's datasheet (optional): [Web Link]


Benchmark Agency (if other): Not listed

Monumentation type (if other): Not listed

Special category (optional): Not listed

Special Category (if other): Not listed

Local database's URL (optional): Not listed

Visit Instructions:
  1. A closeup photo of the mark taken by you is required.
  2. A 'distant' photo including the mark in the view is highly recommended. Include the compass direction you faced when you took the picture.
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