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.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: All Day
Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day