Adirondack Fire Towers (restored)


The last of the observers left their fire towers after 1990.  Many towers were abandoned, burned and removed.  Once recorded were 69 towers around the Adirondacks and Catskills.  Today, reports of only 28.  The below eight towers have been restored to public use and safety.  Please respect the restoration project and plan your day's hike carefully and with safety rules in mind at all times.  Brochures are available at the trailheads.  Be sure to bring your best camera!  Also check out the book, Adirondack Fire Towers, by Marty Podskoch


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 Belfry Mountain - 1 mile N of Witherbee on County Route 7C.  Distance .6 miles RT. Elevation Gain: 120'

Blue Mountain - Route 30, N of Blue Mtn. Lake, Distance .4 miles RT. Elevation Gain: 1550'

Goodnow Mountain - Route 28N, W of Newcomb. Distance: 3.8 miles RT, Elevation Gain: 1040'

Hadley Mountain - Stony Creek Road to Hadley Hill Rd to Tower Road, Northwest of Lake Luzerne. Distance: 3.6 miles RT., Elevation Gain: 1525

Kane Mountain - Green Lake Road, off Route 10 N of Caroga Lake. Distance: 1.8 miles RT via East Trail. Elevation Gain: 620'

Mount Arab - Conifer Rd, off Route 3 W of Tupper Lake. Distance: 2 miles RT. Elevation Gain: 760'

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain - Route 9, S of Keeseville (parking fee)Distance: 2.4 miles RT.  Elevation gain: 1280'

Snowy Mountain - Route 30, S of Indian Lake.  Distance: 8 miles RT. Elevation Gain: 2106'

Wackley Mountain (fire tower) - Primitive area consists of 120 acres, facilities at foot trail, observer cabins

Azure Mountain, elevation 2,518, Waverly NY

Bald Mountain & Rondaxe Fire Tower, Old forge, 2,350 elevation


Blue Mountain, elevation 3,759, Blue Mountain NY

Cathedral Rock, elevation 1,700 foot, Cranberry Lake

Lyon Mountain

3830 elevation

Owls Head Mountain

Elevation 2,812'

Long Lake

Pillsbury Mountain (tower closed to public)- moderate hike of 3.2 miles, 3,597' elevation.  Speculator

Vanderwhacker Mountain - 3,386 summit elevation, 2.5 mile hike from trailhead on Rt 28N

Woodhull Mountain - south of Old Forge.    2,365' elevation

Hurricane Mountain

3,450' elevation




Titbit:  The Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adk. Mountain Club created the "Fire Tower Challenge"


Fire Lookout Stations of the Adirondacks


      Tele. No
Cadyville Fire House 2122 State Route 3 Cadyville 518-293-8326
Crown Point Fire District- Company #1   Crown Point 518-597-3700
Elizabethtown Fire Phone Woodruff Lane Elizabethtown 518-873-2200
Ellenburg Center Fire Department 1 Church Street Ellenburg 518-594-3850
Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department   Newcomb 518-582-3093
Omstedville Fire House Route 28N Olmstedville 518-251-3041
Peru Fire Department Bear Swamp Road Peru 518-643-9271
Piercefield Volunteer Fire Company 34 Waller Road Piercefield 518-359-7374
Ticonderoga Fire Commission 3 Montcalm Street Ticonderoga 518-585-7771


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