Nimham Fire Tower Loop is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carmel, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 318 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

running

forest

river

views

wildlife

bugs

muddy

NOTE: It has been reported the fire tower is closed due to COVID-19. Hunters use this trail. Wear highly visible equipment.

hiking
14 days ago

Not well marked, but works if you have a compass

hiking
27 days ago

Please note ; the tower itself is closed but not the trails!

hiking
27 days ago

Love this trail, uphill until the fire tower, perfect quick and easy hike, beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Haven't done the loop but did out and back up the gravel trail to the fire tower. On a clear day you can see NYC skyscrapers from the top which is cool!

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Fire tower is closed due to COVID :( loop was pretty easy, little campsite with stone chairs in the wooded trail section. Will come back when fire tower is open.

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closed
2 months ago

Quick 20-30 minute hike up. Unfortunately the firetower was closed due to coronavirus. Can still get some beautiful views at the top of the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes, but it’s closed due to Corona Virus.

2 months ago

review from 2018

hiking
2 months ago

Left up in woods down on right trail. Lols like it would be good on a mountain bike too! Up the road and Down the trails

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing !

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bugs
8 months ago

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bugs
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I did the trail starting on the left side of the loop and didn't have any issues with trail finding. It's a great fire tower on a short hike.

hiking
8 months ago

I would recommend walking on the trails marked by dotted black lines on the left of the map on the way up if you like a forested trail, although as others have noted, wear something visible in case of hunters. My wife and I enjoyed the forested trails much more than the gravel path up. The path down is also forested.

hiking
9 months ago

Short trail great views

hiking
9 months ago

Did the hike to the tower for the first time. Four adults and two 6 year olds. Not one of my favorite hikes as the trek up to the tower is rather straight and all uphill. Definitely not something to do on a hot, buggy day. View from the tower was incredible! There was a lot of poison ivy on both sides of the trail so I'd be careful with pets / children going off into the woods. There were a couple of paths leading from the main lot, and it wasn't totally clear which one went to the tower, but a returning hiker confirmed it is the path with the metal barrier prohibiting cars from entering.

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bugs
Thu May 09 2019

To be clear this was the trail to the Nimham Fire Tower. This wasn’t my first time here but I always get lost on the drive up. There is no clearly marked roads for this trail. You have to look for a sign that reads ‘Nimham Multi Use Area’ and drive uphill to a parking lot. You’ll know which parking lot because you cant go any further. There are two trails which both say closed to vehicles. The one on the right takes you to the tower. It is gravel and fairly steep for moat of the 15 minute walk but nothing that a beginner couldn’t do. It definitely brought my heart rate up and the climb up the stairs keeps it there. The view is breath taking. Seriously. The kind that will make you stand and stare for a while. It was super windy when we went (early May) which made it a little hard to stay up there longer than 15 minutes. The climb down the stairs is very step and the steps aren’t very big so be very careful coming down. Overall a great little hike. Would love to come back here for sunset once it gets warmer.

hiking
Fri Apr 26 2019

Short 20-25 minute incline hike up to a climbable Fire tower with a great 360° view. The path is a gravel road that a car could get up and I’m pretty sure they often do. Next to the fire tower is a utility shed/building. Not the most outdoorsy hike you can do but for an easy day hike and an amazing view at the top it’s well worth it.

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

As previously described, a dirt road, very peaceful with trees and big boulders, an unexpected root cellar with the ultimate view at the top of the fire tower!

Fri Nov 23 2018

Gets a lot of traffic. Sexist graffiti on boulders. HUNTERS. Bicycles. Clearly some group fancies themselves witches and has fire pit encircled with chairs built out of rocks with one adorned for the leader replete with a stick canopy. There has been racist graffiti here in the past, but that is typically removed with a day or two, not so the sexist garbage. I would not bring kids for this reason. It is a shame. The trail to the fire tower is a very short walk up and a very short walk down. For those days when the terrain is too slippery or the gunfire is too prolific, or the men are yelling too loudly, the fire road is a quick option. This used to be a nice, quiet place. WEAR HUNTER ORANGE. PUT HUNTER ORANGE ON YOUR DOG. Lots of dogs. Whole up and back, even on the longer trails, is under an hour and not that challenging, but can be slippery. ARSENIC is in the soil here. Wash your dogs’ feet, clean your boots before getting in your car. Don’t use unmarked or closed trails for this reason. Minimal testing has been done and is underway. The trails that are closed have been deemed unsafe. There is a tiny sign at the trail head. Crazy with biting flies.

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

Easy walk up to the fire tower. As others said, nothing special about the hike itself, but the view from the fire tower is spectacular.

walking
Sun Aug 26 2018

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

hiking
Tue May 08 2018

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.

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Mon May 07 2018

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.

Sun Mar 18 2018

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

Sat Feb 24 2018

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.

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Sat Feb 03 2018

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.

Sat Feb 03 2018

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! (:

Thu Nov 23 2017

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
Sat Oct 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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