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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Robert A. Fala, Director

News Release: June 16, 2015

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

Contact:

Jeff Layfield, Superintendent, Seneca State Forest 304-799-3213 senecasf@wv.gov
Robert Beanblossom, District Administrator, 304-558-2764 Robert.L.Beanblossom@wv.gov


A Lookout! Thorny Mountain Fire Tower history days at Seneca State Forest June 21 and 22, 2015

DUNMORE, West Virginia – Old is new again at the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower. The lofty and recently refurbished structure, located at Seneca State Forest near Dunmore in Pocahontas County, served fire prevention aspects of the field of forestry for more than 50 years. "Lookouts" in the elevated cabin at 3,445 feet could observe and identify locations of smoke or fires from this perch. The tower was removed from service in 1988 by the West Virginia Division of Forestry, but on June 20, 2015, Thorny Mountain Fire Tower resumes a different type of service to the public as an unusual overnight destination. Now operated by the Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the tower is available for overnight rentals, offering an amazing 360 degree view of forested terrain in Pocahontas County.

"A Lookout!" an interpretative conversation that is open to anyone interested in learning about the tower, is scheduled for June 21 and 22. State Parks district administrator and historian Robert Beanblossom will be at the fire tower Sunday, June 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about the tower history and forestry practices of the early 1900s into the 21st century.

The Thorny Mountain structure features a 14x14-foot cabin with a wooden catwalk and railing. Visitors ascend the steel tower by climbing 69 steps from the ground to the cabin door. The tower in its hey-day did not have electricity and does not today.

During Beanblossom's interpretative conversations, visitors may visit inside the cabin. There is a maximum of four individuals in the cabin at one time and it is not recommended for small children.

Thorny Mountain Fire Tower at Seneca State Forest may be rented by the night through October. Reservations can be made by calling the forest office at 304-799-6213. More information is available at www.senecastateforest.com under "Deals/Specials."

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Learn the history of the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower at Seneca State Forest during "A Lookout!" presentations June 21 and 22, 2015.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Learn the history of the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower at Seneca State Forest during "A Lookout!" presentations June 21 and 22, 2015.