OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN – TOWN OF WOODSTOCK – ELEVATION 3,140′
History: The Overlook Mountain Fire Tower is the newest of the five remaining fire towers in the Catskill Park, having been built in its present location in 1950. The tower closed in 1988 and was reopened in 1999, making it the first tower to re-open to the public in the Catskills. The 60-foot tower offers incredible views of the Hudson River Valley across to the Berkshires, Taconics and Litchfield Hills, the Ashokan Reservoir and the Devil’s Path Range.
Hiking Directions: Take the red-marked Overlook Spur Trail from the trailhead on Meads Mountain Road to the Overlook Mountain Fire Tower and return via the same trail for a 5-6 mile, moderate to difficult hike. Note that the parking area at the trailhead fills quickly. There is a second parking lot if you keep driving down Meads Mountain Road, about 1 to 2 miles past the first trailhead parking lot for Overlook Mountain. Please observe all posted traffic and parking signs, otherwise your vehicle may be ticketed.
Caution! Timber Rattlesnakes have made much of the rocky higher elevations of Overlook Mountain their home. Be on the lookout and be sure to keep your pets under close supervision and on a leash to avoid any problems.