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.
US Forest Service, Brownstown Ranger District, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421; Phone: 81
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
The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower is 110 feet tall, made of steel, with a 7 foot square cab and 123 metal steps. If you climb it, you get an amazing view of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and can see all the way to Lake Monroe and approximately 20 miles in any direction. Most of the view is wooded forestland and the scene is beautiful in any season.