High Knob Tower

Area Status: Open

On a clear day it’s possible to enjoy views of five states from the upper platform of High Knob Tower. Landmarks that can be viewed from the tower are Pine Mountain (Kentucky-Virginia state line), Mount Rogers, Whitetop Mountain, Clinch Mountain, Roan Mountain (Tennessee-North Carolina state line) and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Visitors with a smart phone or tablet can access an aid in identifying the prominent landmarks that are visible from High Knob.  Go to http://southwestvirginiacsi.wix.com/highknob and click on the get started link. This tool is provided by the University of Virginia-Wise Citizen Science Institute.

The observation tower currently standing on High Knob was reconstructed in 2014 and is wheelchair accessible.  The previous stone and wood tower was destroyed by an arsonist in 2008. With tremendous support from local communities and the High Knob Enhancement Corporation, funds and grants were secured to rebuild this structure for your enjoyment.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
Fees: No Fee
Open Season: Open year round
Closest Towns: Norton, VA
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: No restrooms available
Operated By: Clinch Ranger District: (276) 679-8370

General Information


From Kingsport, TN: Follow US23 North to the first exit to Norton, VA. Make a right onto VA 619. Follow VA619 for 3.8 miles to the intersection of FS238. Make a left onto FS238 and in less than a mile you will see the entrance to the tower parking lot on the right.

From Abingdon, VA: Follow US 58W/US19N to Hansonville, VA. Turn left onto US 58W Alternate and drive to Norton. At Norton, turn south onto SR 619. Follow SR 619 for 3.8 miles to the intersection of FS 238. Make a left onto FS 238 and in less than a mile you will see the entrance to the tower parking lot on the right.

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