Northeast Georgia Mountains / Cornelia

Chenocetah Fire Tower

Chenocetah Dr.
Cornelia, GA 30531

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This 40-foot-high stone tower was built by the WPA for the National Forest Service in 1936. Local craftsmen used native granite to construct the tower on Chenocetah Mountain, named with the Indian word meaning "see all around."

The 54-foot tower is in the center of a square stone platform that is enclosed by a low granite parapet. It overlooks the area from an elevation of 1,830 feet and includes a wooden observation room reached by a metal spiral staircase. The structure is topped by a unique inlaid slate roof.

In June 1984, Chenocetah Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tower and its surroundings, including one of the largest stands of Rhododendron minor in the nation, will remain in the public domain as part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Georgia Forestry Commission reactivated the Tower in 1986, and it serves today as the only stone fire tower in the state. Dedicated to the memory of Forest Service men who lost their lives in World War II, Chenocetah Tower also stands as a symbol of the proud history of this area and its people.

The U.S. Forestry Service opens the tower to visitors one day a year during the "Big Red Apple Festival." The city of Cornelia provides hayrides to the tower during daylight hours.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages