Mohican State Forest--Fire Tower

About this Location

The Mohican Fire Tower is 80 feet tall and was constructed in 1934.  At the time it was built, the Mohican Fire Tower had average visibility of 10 miles in all directions. This allowed the tower staff to keep an eye on approximately 200,000 acres of land.

Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, fire wardens and foresters used wildfire lookout towers to spot blazes on Ohio lands. Ohio's fire towers were staffed by lookouts and equipped with binoculars, maps, a radio, telephone, and an alidade, a device used to pinpoint a wildfire location.

Aerial surveillance of wildfires by aircraft began in the 1940s, and Ohio's fire towers were slowly phased out. The last tower was closed in 1978. While monitoring from fire towers is a thing of the past, they remain a proud symbol of forest conservation and a monument to the people who worked to preserve our natural resources.

When weather conditions allow, visitors can climb the stairs of the tower at their own risk. From the top of the tower, the Mohican Fire Tower provides a magnificent 360-degree view of the surrounding forests and hills.

About Mohican State Forest

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Mohican-Memorial State Forest is located in southern Ashland County, midway between Columbus and Cleveland. It is easily reached from I-71 and OH-97 and OH-3. The natural attributes of the area combined with state and nearby commercial facilities have made this region one of the more popular year-round attractions of the state.

Content from Mohican State Forest webpage and Ohio Ornithological Society