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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.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 318 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

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Hunters use this trail. Wear highly visible equipment.

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Reviews (190)
Photos (125)
Recordings (168)
Completed (351)
Jan Komrska
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Hiking

Nice and easy hike. Not well marked at the trailhead. The fire tower is not closed (as mentioned below).

Petri Suni
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Andrew Sinclair
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Hiking

Not well marked, but works if you have a compass

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Sue McNerney
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Hiking

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

Jess Langkafel
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Hiking

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

Kayla Downs
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Hiking

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!

Tara Griffin
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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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Jason Fischer
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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.

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Jennifer Fischer
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Hiking

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

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B R.
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review from 2018

Dan Petit
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Hiking

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

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Chaska Bregante
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Amazing !

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Kristine D
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Lori DiScala
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CJ T.
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Hiking

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.

Charles Choi
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Hiking

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.

Marissa Collins
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Hiking

Short trail great views

Linda Prain
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Hiking

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.

Megan Sweeney
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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.

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Michael E.
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Hiking

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.

Lynn Winkelbauer
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Hiking

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!

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peas67 Kent
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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.

Caitlyn Lang
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Hiking

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.

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

Matthew Conroy
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Hiking

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.

Olivia Lockwood
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Hiking

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.

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

Gloria Nicodemi
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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.

Brian Krulish
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Hiking

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.

James Bowie
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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! (:

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