Woodhull Mountain Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Woodhull Mountain Trail is a 16 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Webb, New York that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.4 miles
1217 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




Woodhull Mountain, located six miles south of Old Forge is a 15.2 mile RT hike that offers excellent views. From the State Land parking lot in McKeever (between Otter lake and Minnehaha, on Route 28), travel on foot (or mountain bike or cross country skis) about five miles on a relatively flat dirt road. Proceed past the turnoff to Remsen Falls to a clearing with a bridge. Cross the bridge, stow the bikes or skis and continue on the trail about 2.5 mi to the summit. The trail is never steep but climbs slowly to a fire tower on top with excellent views all around.

20 days ago

Just wanted to add this here.. a little description for the added trail map with the trail highlighted in pink. MOST RECENT TRAIL MAP DESCRIPTION: the mileage after the point labeled parking is not accurate, it is 4.5 miles to the tower. but you can drive the 3 miles from mckeever lot to the area labeled "parking" in white box. the southern trail that is parallel to the pink trail and eventually connects DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE. You can also drive most of the way to the lake lean-to. It is a 0.5 mile hike to the lean-to and there is also a second lean-to that can be looked up online for the specific location. Please do some research before heading to hike to this tower. It is a bit confusing.

21 days ago

Just completed this hike yesterday! I would really like to clear up some unclear details of this trail and firetower hike. From May-Nov there is a road from the mckeever road that you can drive for 3 miles (past the first parking area/registration box) to the junction entrance of remsen falls and the woodhull mtn trail. Park on the left before a stop barrier that is not open but you need to hike past to reach said junction. (2015 nat geo maps are no longer accurate for this trail.) This cuts off 6 miles of the total and makes for a 9 mile hike RT. The trail was a flat wide truck trail for more than 2 miles, definitely could bike this section and maybe a bit more. The last 2 or so miles to the tower was very gradual and enjoyable. The tower was not in the greatest condition and didn't feel super safe. The tower cab is locked and cannot be accessed. There is a nice campsite at the top also! Bisby road on the opposite side of the tower is not accessible and is private with a fence a ways up the road, so no access to the tower from there. This hike took us 4hrs. We carried packs with overnight gear but didn't end up staying. Bugs were overwhelming but trail was fairly dry. I would highly recommend this hike, views from just below the cab in the tower were great! Happy hiking!!

1 month ago

The fire tower views are nice, but as others have noted the cabin is locked and it doesn't feel terribly secure without fencing around the tower platforms. The walk to the tower is pleasant enough on a nice early summer day, but not very interesting on its own.

10 months ago

You can drive back 3 miles then mountain bike 2 miles and hike the rest Great hike. Short side trip to remain falls

10 months ago

Jim, can you provide a link to where you said it's closed. From what I saw on the DEC website, the firetower and trail are still open. Little Woodhull Trail is closed but I can't find anything about Woodhull Mountain trail being closed.

11 months ago

July-August 2017 Issue of Adirondac (p. 35) states: "Woodhull Mt. fire tower (trail 76) is closed. DEC is assessing it's [sic] future."

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Very buggy, long, gradual ascent, firetower did not have wire fencing along outside railings, cab was locked at the top

Friday, March 03, 2017

1. The tower is locked
2. The trial is definitely 16 miles out and back not 12. Wake up AllTrails you will get someone killed out there
3. This trial is very long and very boring. First 6 miles are on just a straight flat path.
4. About a mile from the summit the trail splits. I took the left trail like Nick and quickly made it to the tower.
5. Bring skis or snowshoes unless you want to post hole for 16 miles and 8 hours like myself
6. Start early!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Trail was very overgrown at .65 miles there is a fork in the trail, both have markers. I took the trip on the left and still made it to the tower. Not sure where the other trail goes. Overall nice challenging hike with views from the tower

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Just finished this hike two days ago. After reading several reviews on how to access this trail, it still took a bit of time to find the second trail head. I had found it at the second stop barrier sign on the dirt road. At this point I had decided to tackle Remsen Falls then proceed with Woodhull. The falls were ok but not anything spectacular to look at. The trail to Woodhull was fairly flat, much like a tractor path, until you crossed the wood foot bridge. After this point, the trail was overgrown and not well maintained. Some of the trail markers are missing which made it difficult at times to keep to the trail. Once at the fire tower, the views were far from amazing. The tower was in rough shape and locked. So no good views to be had. I guess on a good note, I can check this tower off my list.

8 months ago

Thursday, September 25, 2014