Dickinson Hill Fire Tower Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Petersburg, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
334 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

walking
1 month ago

Easy trail, more of a walk than a hike. Not much of an elevation gain at all, any age can do this. Beautiful views at the top of the tower. Informative signs listed along the trail providing details about the history of fire towers which was interesting. The trail is marked well with markers that are a picture of a fire tower. A little confusing finding the start of the trail, pay close attention to the map to find where to park. The trail is surrounded by lakes that you can walk around after which are nice as well. Took at most 2 hours to complete.

3 months ago

Great easy hike. slight climb in elevation. Great view from fire tower.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice view at the top, saw some dogs!! (Frogs, salamanders, voles, and finches, too!)

6 months ago

Lovely and easy

hiking
6 months ago

Great little walk. Sturdiest fire tower I have been in. Great view, except for the cell phone tower.

hiking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Nice easy hike, but definitely not an lazy stroll thru the woods. Some muddy patches. Interesting signage about the history of the tower. Awesome views!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Easy trail, Beautiful view!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Easy road walk nice for anyone to do

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Very nice hike with tons of wildlife. Rewarding view at the tower.

nature trips
Monday, July 03, 2017

Hike is very easy, a little muddy but pretty flat, so slipping isn't a concern. I followed Long Pond Road (it's a dirt road through Grafton State Park) to the trailhead, google maps got me there with no problem. Trailhead parking is very small, maybe 4 cars maximum. I followed the firetower signs for a while and came upon a house and barn - the path to the firetower is just beyond the house, don't stop! There is a red gate blocking a gravel trail up a hill, this is the firetower trail. The firetower itself was amazing, probably 60 feet up and provides incredible views. Definitely worth the trip, I plan to do this again with more people, as there is a nice clearing and a picnic table at the base of the tower. Be careful if you have a car with low clearance, the road to the trailhead was muddy!

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I had a bit of trouble finding this trail. After reading another comment about not using Google maps, I used Waze. It brought me to the maintenance access road, rather than the hiking trail. There was only a very small pull off, so I did and walked up the access road to the tower, which only took a few minutes. This route is definitely not a hike.
The view from the tower was great, even on a gloomy day. I look forward to going back, and doing the actual hike.
The trail is easy to find if you follow Long Pond road (paved) past the Grafton winter access gate, to North Long Pond road (dirt)
this route will also bring you to other trails, as well as the ponds for fishing & kayaking.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This was a nice hike to a firetower that's not in the Adirondacks. It was a gentle hike that offered views of the Greens, Taconic Range, and the Helderberg Mountains.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great views at the top of the tower! My children and I were almost run over by a group of 5 dirt bikers on the way down, even thought they were not allowed on the trail. Just be aware of your surroundings. Overall a great hike!

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Incredible views at the top of the fire tower

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Good hike for kids!

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

go into the grafton lakes state park winter entrance road go about 1 mile down look for the fire tower trail on your right for a longer more scenic hike to the tower.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

okay....dont listen to google for directions. If you are looking for the fire tower, take rt 2 to babcock rd and turn on fire tower rd. google was all over the place...including a quad trail. views from the tower are amazing. you can see vermont, mass and ny.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Great easy trail and beautiful views from the tower! Have to go around a gate to get up to the tower but pretty clear other than that!

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

Easy hike to do with kids. More of a walk along a gravel road. The directions take you to a gate which is about a tenth of a mile from the fire tower. The trailhead and parking are along north long pond road not where the apps. Directions bring you

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

This really isn't too much of a trail per se; it's more a nice walk in the woods up a wide woods road ... easily wide enough for an vehicle. I brought 6 of my kids with me aged 4 to 12; they had no problems other than a grassy area at about the 1 mile mark that was very wet and quite muddy. When thru us off was that there wasn't a clear marking to turn off to get to the fire town ... just a gated road saying don't not block, emergency vehicles only ... we assumed this was something that was a "no go" area and kept walking until a half mile later I thought it felt like we went too far. We turned around an went up the access road, and sure enough there was the tower. It was very buggy at that time in the grass at the top and the grassy area around one mile. But lots of newts on the way down, and good time was had by all.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

This is a great trail if you are looking for a short hike. The fire tower up top offers amazing views of the surrounding area, and you can see a lot of wildlife from up there. Trail is great for all fitness levels.

1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

recorded Grafton Park Fire Tower

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
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