Hudson Valley, NY, Hiking Trails and Paths with the Best Fire Tower Routes

Hudson Valley hiking trails and paths with the best fire tower routes


Can’t get high enough? Fire towers once served an important role in protecting our forests, as “fire lookouts” would scan the surrounding area for forest fires from atop these structures. Today, all 13 of these towers are open to the public; they offer some of the best panoramic views in the Valley.

Mt. Beacon, Beacon, Dutchess County
Mt. Tremper, Ulster County
Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
Sterling Forest, Warwick, Orange County (holidays and weekends only)
Balsam Lake Mountain, Hardenburgh, Ulster County
Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, Ulster County
Stissing Mountain, Pine Plains, Dutchess County
Beebe Hill, Columbia County
Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, Greene County
Nimham Mountain, Carmel, Putnam County
Dickinson Hill, Rensselaer County (currently under restoration)
Jackie Jones Fire Tower. Rockland County
Red Hill Fire Tower, Ulster County

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