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Keeney Knob Fire Tower

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The Keeney Knob Fire Tower, on Keeney Knob, the highest summit on Keeney Mountain in Summers County, was raised by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 to provide an observation point for forest fires. The 79 foot steel tower was the focal point of a 13 acre public park managed by the West Virginia Conservation Commission, which installed benches and tables and stone fireplaces for picnickers. Rising to 3,945 feet above sea level, the knob is the highest geographic landmark in southern West Virginia south of the Allegheny Mountains in northwestern Greenbrier County. The fire tower elevates observers near the top to more than 4,000 feet above sea level. However, access to the tower's summit is currently prohibited.