The Catskill Center, through the Catskill Fire Tower Project, manages the five fire towers within the Catskill Park for public access and interpretation. Each tower is supported by a a group of volunteers who work with the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure that the towers and ranger cabins are properly maintained and that they are open to the public on weekends during the spring, summer and fall.
Historically more than a hundred fire towers, some built a century ago, were used for early detection of forest fires throughout New York State because of their extensive views of the surrounding countryside and forests. Today, just five towers remain in the Catskill Park and they are maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Catskill Center.
During the late spring, summer and early fall months, Fire Tower Project volunteers open up the tower top cabs for visitors to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the region. The five towers make for some of the best hiking destinations in the Catskills, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the surrounding Catskill Park and mountains. They are well worth the time and effort it takes to hike to each tower.
Free Fire Tower Maps and Guides: Click on the fire tower names below for detailed trail map and hiking guide, courtesy of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. The full Catskill Trails Map Set is available at the Catskills Visitor Center’s gift shop and through our online shop.
Fire Tower Patches and Merchandise: Exclusive Catskill Fire Tower Project Merchandise, including patches, t-shirts, and baseball caps as well as related books and maps are available at the Catskills Visitor Center’s gift shop.
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Need More Information? The Catskill Center manages the Catskill Fire Tower Project and can be reached at 845-586-2611 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stop in at the Catskills Visitor Center and our staff and volunteers will be happy to help you plan your Fire Tower hike!
Let us know you visited a Fire Tower! Be sure to tag your photos with #CatskillFireTower and #CatskillCenter and follow the Catskill Fire Tower Project on Facebook and the Catskill Center on Twitter (@CatskillCenter) to get the latest news, information and events from the five fire towers of the Catskill Park and on all the work that the Catskill Center does on behalf of the Catskills!
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