It’s a short walk up a gravel road, nothing special. But who doesn’t love a view from a fire tower?

Visited on a late afternoon in May. Doesn't really look like much from the trailhead, or once you get to the tower for that matter, but the views from the tower itself are amazing - 360 degrees, rolling hills, lakes, reservoirs. Beautiful. I hiked up on the dirt road then back on the trail through the woods. If you want a big view with a short hike this is it. A bit buggy, so use bug spray and be sure to do a tick check.

Love this trail! Beautiful view & a cool tower. Sadly, there is a lot of glass & the graffiti is inappropriate. Would recommend this trail for teens & adults but not little kids, unless you want to watch them like a hawk.

Easy walk to the fire tower and amazing views from the top.

Very nice easy hike with three kids 4, 7, and 9. Fire tower steps were iced over so we didn’t venture to the top. Hope the fencing on the steps gets repaired so there aren’t gaping holes on the way up. The trails were easy to see but not well marked.

Nice easy hike with a Fire Tower as a fantastic payoff!! Temps were around 10 degrees with howling winds at the top of the tower..looking forward to returning in more pleasant conditions.

I absolutely loved this place! It has a lot of trails that go all over. And then the fire tower.... I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. ( I also wouldn’t have known about it if it wasn’t for my buddy) so thanks Chris! (:

Wear hunter orange. Have your dog wear hunter orange. Keep your dog leashed. Multiple use area. Some folks get pretty loud. Many do not carry out trash. Broken glass and fire pits. Sexist, racist graffiti pops up from time to time. Lots of mountain bikers. The road is a very quick up and back. The trails are mostly well marked and less used. The accessibility trails and camping areas are gone, so while these trails are easy, though sometimes slippery, they are strictly for those with easy mobility.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

This was an easy hike where we did the loop. There are a lot of trails in the area that looked good for exploring. The views from the tower was nice. I liked the pink paint job inside the tower and the names of people on the stair treads

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

I have visited this trail many times throughout my life. The fire tower never gets easier ! My 6 year old daughter loved it and my 4 year old son was able to walk up the second flight of the tower. The staircase now has chicken wire fencing on the sides which "helped" ease my panic stricken mind as I watched my kids attempt to walk up. Would give 5 stars if I didn't have to explain to my kids what all those spray painted "faces" were!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

if youre looking for a quick hike with a good view this is it. stay on the gravel road and it will take you to the fire tower. it's a gradual incline to the tower but not bad.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

This trail gets very crowded at times and people do not always carry out their trash. Dog friendly, but be aware of broken glass at base of fire tower region and at the several fire pits where people drink at night.
WEAR HUNTER ORANGE - this is a multiple use area that is used by hunters using guns. Use hunter orange on your dogs and keep them on leash. Zero views if you don't climb the tower. The "river" is shallow and barely flowing during drought. Lots of ticks. Horse flies during season.
Bikers. Some are polite; others not so much.
It's an easy hike unless it's humid or slippery. If you only take the road and not the trails it's very quick.

walking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

So far I've only walked up the half gravel/half paved path to the fire tower. The walk up from the parking area is steep so it's best to be prepared for it. The path cuts through most of Mt. Ninham, however does not offer any views of the valley. The fire tower is 82'6"ft high and not for the faint of heart. Beware of impending weather as rain storms/wind storms have higher strength gusts at the top of the tower. The views from 1/2 way to the top of the tower are all spectacular and I've walked this multiple times. Path to the fire tower is on the right of the parking area that is off of Gypsy Trail Rd. in Kent, NY. Beware the road to the parking area is steep and narrow and many people will speed on their way down.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

great trail for a beginner. little bit of a steep climb in the beginning but had spectacular views from the Fire tower (definitely not for faint of hearts).
way down take the unpaved trail to the right of tower.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Nice short hike to the top. Views from the fire tower are spectacular!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Beautiful view from up top

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Awesome view from the fire tower !

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tower was cool

Friday, October 02, 2015

Great trip

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Very nice views from the fire-tower. The hike along the way was not very difficult and was also quite nice.

I recommend this hike if you are going to check out the tower. (Although I did not explore much else of the area).

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

To call Nimham Moutnain beautiful would be an understatement. The multi-use area and DEC state forest has many wooded trails and mountain bike paths, suitable for all levels of experience. The primary attraction is the mountain's 86-foot fire tower. It is open to the public and cared for by a local conservation group. The tower is accessable all year long up a wide service road, which takes hikers on an easy up-hill walk bordered by beautiful woodlands. A few hundred yards from the parking lot is another interesting feature; Nimham Mountain's stone chamber. The small building is structurally sound and a fascinating stop along the way up to the fire tower.
Depending on the season wild blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and grapes can be found and eaten on various parts of the mountain. Drinking from its natural springs and creeks is inadvisable, as there are old arsenic mines at the bottom.
If you plan to stay overnight there are multiple campsites and fire pits available. Please camp at a distance of two hundred yards away from all trails and natural water sources. Remember to pack out everything you pack in.
Nimham Mountain is a wealth of natural beauty and fascinating history. Any trail taken will surely provide the hiker or mountain biker with a pleasant journey through the woods of Puntam County.

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