The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is the highest fire tower in New York State, located on the summit of Hunter Mountain at 4,040 feet. The tower is open to the public for hiking and offers stunning 360-degree views of the Catskills.
The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is the highest fire tower in New York State, located at an elevation of 4,040 feet on the summit of Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains. The original tower was constructed from logs in 1902, and the current 60-foot steel tower was built in 1917. The tower was used for fire observation until 1971, and it was reopened to the public in 2001.
There are two main hiking trails that lead to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower: the blue-marked Spruceton Trail and the red-marked Becker Hollow Trail. The Spruceton Trail is a 7-mile moderately difficult roundtrip hike, while the Becker Hollow Trail is a 2.35-mile moderately difficult roundtrip hike.
The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower offers stunning 360-degree views of the Catskill Mountains, including the Hudson River Valley, the Berkshires, and the Taconics. On a clear day, you can even see the Manhattan skyline.
The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is a popular destination for hikers, campers, and nature lovers. It is a great place to enjoy the beauty of the Catskills and to learn about the history of fire prevention in the region.
The tower is accessible via the Hunter Mountain Sky Ride during open months or following the blue-blazed Spruceton trail.