The Fire Lookout Tower at Cedar Falls in the
Hocking Hills State Park is located on State
Route #374 at the entrance of Steele Road.
These towers are valued now for their history and
were once very important to forest fire management
in the Hocking State Forest and area homes and farms.
Each day during the peak fall and spring wildfire seasons
vigilant spotters climbed to the cabins of these towers to
survey the surrounding landscape for telltale signs of
wildfire smoke. If a blaze erupted, spotters would
telephone from tower to tower to triangulate
the exact location.
In time, improved telephone communication throughout
the rural areas, as well as the use of airplanes in wildfire
detection, made lookout towers obsolete.
The last Fire Spotter for this tower before its closing
was Sylvia Akers a resident of the area.
in conjunction with the"National Forest Lookout
Association" and the " Ohio Division of Natural Resource's
Division of Forestry".