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Scott Lookout Tower

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A view looking up the Scott Lookout Tower.

The Scott Lookout Tower, renovated in 2011, provides a superb view of the forest and grasslands. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open all the time.
Reservations: None.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Toilets,Parking
Fees None.
Restrictions: Children under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Closest Towns: Halsey (1 mile east); Dunning (10 miles east); Thedford (17 miles west)
Water: No
Restroom: Yes, vault toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Thedford, Nebraska, take Highway 2 about 17 miles east and then turn south (right) into the forest onto State Spur 86B.  After crossing the river, stay to the west (right) on State Spur 86B.  Follow 86 B about 3 miles to its end, which is a loop around the tower.


The top of the tower is not accessible via wheelchair (stairs only).


The top of the tower is not accessible via wheelchair (it has stairs only, no elevator).


Plenty of parking is available.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Interpretive Site Panels describing history of the forest
Toilets Vault
Accessible To the base of the tower only