Red Hill Fire Tower Trail

MODERATE 204 reviews
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Red Hill Fire Tower Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grahamsville, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,020 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is a well marked trail to a fire tower. Please note the tower may be closed depending on weather conditions. However, you can still enjoy the views and the area around the fire tower is quite appealing, nicely maintained lawn with three picnic tables.

Great hike. Some snow and ice on the trail especially toward top but not difficult. Dirt road got icy so parked .25 miles from trailhead but still only took 1 1/2 hours to complete.

18 days ago

great easy hike. beautiful views from the top. worth the climb....

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

This is a great hike for all ages. if there are spots at the trail head, it is a short 1.4 miles to the summit. the trail is relatively rocky with a lot of roots. it is a fairly easy ascent with one stretch that is only a little steep. I did this with a 5 and 11 year old with no issues. Even though the top of the fire tower was closed, the view was still great.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike starts from the end of parking lot and marked by a yellow signs. This is relatively well trafficked trail and easy to do in a couple of hours for fantastic 360 views of the catskills and beyond.

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flooded
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

First, if you park your vehicle on the right and find yourself hiking on a gravel path that will fit a vehicle.... Stop. Go back to your car and drive another 2 miles to the real trailhead on the left. You’re welcome. No place to camp that I could find. I hiked up at 1AM 2 days after a rainfall. Creeks become challenging and swift. Trail is well marked. Gets steep towards the end.

awesome and pretty easy, it gets aggressive but worth it

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Fantastic hike! Foliage still gorgeous in mid-October, with golden ferns along the trail. Stunning views from the top!

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rocky
1 month ago

a great hike with a good amount of climb. beautiful views on top of the fire tower

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2 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful rock formations, beautiful foliage. Views from the tower were awesome! Our third Catskills fire tower hike!

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2 months ago

Nice wooded trail. Short, but good work out. Peaceful. Beautiful views at the fire tower. got a little lost trying to find the trailhead.. the roads criss cross and change names. Got to see some beautiful country roads though.

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rocky
2 months ago

Clearly marked. Gets your heart pumping at parts. Arrive early for parking. Nice views from the fire tower with a nice area to picnic at the top. Good for older elementary age children and dogs.

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rocky
2 months ago

They don’t get much easier than this.

45 minutes each way, rocks and roots all along, but not too bad. The fire tower is only open weekends and holidays, from late May to mid October, 10 to 4. And it really makes a big difference to get all the way to the tower. Amazing views, and great explanations from the volunteers that maintain the tower and adjacent cabin.

hiking
2 months ago

Short but challenging - steep in spots and rocky. But great views from Fire Tower.

This was a great hike for our kids 8,6, and 9 months. The elevation was not bad at all and only slightly steep as you approach the summit. There is a nice fire tower and cabin.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike with a very nice fire tower area. Rocky in parts around 3.4 miles

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike nice view

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rocky
3 months ago

A short hike that had me catch my breath a couple times despite the short distance .. it’s a rocky hike with a nice fire tower area equipped with picnic tables and an outhouse ( always a bonus ) . Number 18 of the 23 fire towers needed for the challenge ..

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Cool trail,doing the 5 tower challenge

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Nice gradual uphill hike that gives a little challenge and some flat spots for recovery. My dog and I enjoyed the trail and great fellow hikers!

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3 months ago

Nice trail! There is actually trailhead parking beyond where All Trails directions via Google says to start, about half a mile or so down the road (I think it’s marked by a yellow dot on the All Trails map). Well marked, and was dry when we hiked. No bugs. There were a lot of hikers, but it’s Labor Day Weekend. The view from the tower was nice and the stewards at the top were very friendly and great about pointing things out from up in the tower.

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