May 26, 1958: The Division of Forestry plans to construct a truck trail to the Big Knob lookout tower atop Clinch Mountain. Chief Scott County Forest Warden Otis E. Osborne announced last week. This tower, about half-way between Hiltons and Gate City, is not visible from Route 58 due to its location. It can be seen plainly from the north side of the mountain. The truck trail will replace a jeep trail that has been traveling for several years, Osborne said. This will facilitate maintenance to the tower and telephone line as well as making it easier for the lookout man to get to the tower, he said. Osborne said construction is scheduled to start the first of June. Except for hiring one bulldozer for a short time, the work will be done by Division of Forestry personnel. Arlin Hilton of near Dungannon has served as lookout watchman the last two fire seasons." (Kingsport News)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BIG KNOB RESET PID - GA3427 STATE/COUNTY- VA/SCOTT COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - GATE CITY (1978)
STATION RECOVERY (1964)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (ELH) THE STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARKS NO. 1 AND NO. 3 WERE RECOVERED AND FOUND TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION. REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 WAS SEARCHED FOR BUT NOT FOUND. THE MARK IS BELIEVED TO BE UNDER ABOUT 4 FEET OF FILL-IN DIRT. REFERENCE MARK NO. 4 WAS SET BY THIS PARTY AT THIS TIME.
A LOOKOUT TOWER HAS BEEN BUILT AT THE STATION SITE. NEW MEASUREMENTS AND A NEW TO REACH FOLLOWS.
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN WEBER CITY, GO NORTH ON U.S. HIGHWAY 23 FOR 0.3 MILE TO THE JUNCTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 58, TURN RIGHT ON U.S. HIGHWAY 58 AND GO 4.0 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT, FIELDS GROCERY STORE ON THE RIGHT, TURN LEFT AND GO 0.05 TO A T-ROAD, TURN RIGHT AND THEN LEFT ON TRACK ROAD, PASSING TO THE RIGHT OF MR. CONLY CURTISS HOUSE AND GO 0.3 MILE TO A FORK, KEEP LEFT FORK FOR ABOUT 100 FEET TO A LOCKED GATE AND SIGN, FORREST FIRE TRAIL, PASS THROUGH GATE AND GO 3.25 MILES TO LOOKOUT TOWER AND STATION.
THE STATION MARK IS 10.3 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SOUTHEAST LEG OF LOOKOUT TOWER AND 4.8 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE NORTHEAST LEG OF LOOKOUT TOWER. THE MARK IS A STANDARD DISK CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK FLUSH WITH THE GROUND AND STAMPED BIG KNOB 1930 1933.