Explore the Fire Towers of the Adirondacks

Once used by the local authorities as fire, safety and observation lookouts, the famed fire towers of the Adirondacks beckon adventurous souls to climb these lofty lookouts and peer across a vast wilderness. 

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Adirondack Fire Towers

Azure Mountain

Hiking to Azure's Fire Tower: This 2-mile round-trip hike is a moderate one. The trailhead is located about 30 miles south of the Village of St. Regis Falls, about seven miles down Blue Mountain Road. Park at the trailhead on the right. 

Azure Mountain Fire Tower in the Adirondacks
Azure Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @1ironduke

Mount Arab

Hiking to Mount Arab's Fire Tower: This 2-mile round-trip hike is a moderate one. Head toward the Village of Tupper Lake on Route 3 and continue to Piercefield. Turn onto Conifer Road and travel two miles to the trailhead. Park on the right. 

Mount Arab Fire Tower
Mount Arab Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @acktomic

Hurricane Mountain

Hiking to Hurricane Mountain's Fire Tower: This 6.8-mile round-trip hike is moderate. Find the trailhead on Route 9N about 13 miles outside of Keene. Park on the right. 

Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower
Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @barkeaterrr

Loon Lake Mountain

Hiking to Loon Lake Mountain's Fire Tower: This 5.6-mile round-trip hike is moderate-to-difficult with some steep and wet sections. The trailhead is located on County Route 26, about eight miles north of its intersection with State Route 3. 

Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower
Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @barrie_p

Blue Mountain

Hiking to Blue Mountain's Fire Tower: This 4-mile round-trip hike is moderate-to-difficult for most hikers, with some open rock and wet areas that can be slippery. Find the trailhead just past Adirondack Experience - The Museum at Blue Mountain Lake on Route 30 toward Long Lake. Park on the right.

Blue Mountain Fire Tower
Blue Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @eldopps

Bald Mountain

Hiking to Bald Mountain's Fire Tower: This hike is less than two miles round-trip, and is moderate and scenic. Trailhead is located on Rondaxe Road north of Old Forge on Route 28. Follow the signs to the trailhead.

Bald Mountain Fire Tower
Bald Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @elizmicca

Woodhull Mountain

Hiking to Woodhull Mountain's Fire Tower: This 15.2-mile round-trip hike is moderate, and can be attempted mostly by bicycle. The trailhead is located on McKeever Road south of Old Forge. A large parking area is located just over a quarter-mile down the road.

Woodhull Mountain Fire Tower
Woodhull Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @elizbovay

Kane Mountain

Hiking to Kane Mountain's Firetower: There are two trails to the summit, both moderate and both around two miles round-trip. The Green Lake Road trail is the most popular, and the trailhead is located on Green Lake Road, just past the Canada Lake Marina. Park on the right, and the trailhead will be on the left.

Kane Mountain Fire Tower
Kane Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @erinmac_2

Lyon Mountain

Hiking to Lyon Mountain's Firetower: This 5-mile round-trip hike is difficult. From the summit, hikers can see the skyline of Montreal, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. The trailhead is located off of I-87 Exit 38N. Take 374 west to Chazy Lake Road and drive south for about two miles. Follow the signs to the trailhead.

Lyon Mountain Fire Tower
Lyon Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @filli3636

Vanderwhacker Mountain

Hiking to Vanderwhacker Mountain's Firetower: This 5-mile round-trip hike is easy-to-moderate. The trailhead is located on Moose Pond Club Road off of Route 28N north of the Hamlet of North Creek.

Vanderwhacker Mountain Fire Tower
Vanderwhacker Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @hikingadkchick

Belfry Mountain

Hiking to Belfry Mountain's Firetower: This hike is less than a mile round-trip, and is an easy climb from the trailhead, which is located on Dalton Hill Road in Witherbee.

Belfry Mountain Fire Tower
Belfry Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @mamapink63

Owls Head Mountain

Hiking to Owl's Head Mountain's Firetower: This 6.2-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located on Endion Road off of Route 30 outside of Tupper Lake.

Owls Head Mountain Fire Tower
Owls Head Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @mpurdy1

Poke O Moonshine Mountain

Hiking to Poke-O-Moonshine's Firetower: This 2.5-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located at the Poke-O-Moonshine State Campground off of Route 9.

Poke O Moonshine Fire Tower
Poke O Moonshine Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @nonners

Goodnow Mountain

Hiking to Goodnow Mountain's Firetower: Just under 4 miles round-trip, this hike is easy. The Trailhead is located on Route 28N, 1.5 miles west of the Adirondack Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb.

Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower
Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @pstaalesen

Wakely Mountain

Hiking to Wakely Mountain's Firetower: This 6-mile round-trip hike is moderate-to-difficult, especially in the last mile to the summit. The trailhead is located just before the Moose River Recreation Area on Route 28.

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower
Wakely Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @sir_alaintherebel

Hadley Mountain

Hiking Hadley Mountain's Firetower: This 3.6-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located on Rower Road off of Hadley Hill Road in Lake Luzerne. Park on the left.

Hadley Mountain Fire Tower
Hadley Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @snash2

Pillsbury Mountain

Hiking to Pillsbury Mountain's Firetower: This 3.2-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located at Sled Harbor Clearing in Speculator.

Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower
Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @toheck
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