The Catskill Fire Tower Project, now in
its 22nd year will open for the summer season on Saturday,
May 25th. The 5 fire towers that are part of this
volunteer project are Balsam Lake, Hunter, Overlook, Red Hill and
Tremper. From Memorial Day through Columbus Day on weekends and
holidays, volunteers will open the fire tower cabs from 10am to 4 pm
so that visitors can enjoy the stunning views (weather permitting),
learn about the fire tower history, and how to safely and enjoyably
recreate in the Catskill Forest Preserve.
On Saturday, August 31st, The Catskill Fire Tower Project invites
to find a place with a view of your favorite fire tower on the horizon
for our 6th annual Lighting of the Fire Towers Event! This event is
meant to showcase the history of the five Catskill fire towers and
some of our other friends around the state. From
9:00pm to 9:30pm, look up to see the cabs lit up. Remember that these
towers were watching faithfully like beacons over your property for
years to help prevent forest fires. The men and women who were in those
cabs were there to protect your property from forest fires by providing
fire fighters with an early detection and reporting system that was
very accurate. If you are lucky, your area may have been covered
by more than one tower! For additional information about possible
viewing areas near you, see this site, and select the 'visibility cloak' option in the top right hand corner of the map. The rain date is the next night.
Aside from this special event, the plan is for the Tower and Cabin to be open every
weekend from Memorial Day thru Columbus day. The hours are generally
from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Note: Weather may change the volunteer's plans. If in doubt, use the contact email at the bottom.
We hope you can come visit. If funding and weather allows, we have
a few projects we hope to accomplish, such as new windows in the tower and
new landing boards. Stop by, we are always happy to see visitors and
hope to make your visit a pleasant one! Happy Hiking!
Please contact Laurie Rankin at email@example.com for any
additional details you may need.