Catskill Center for Conservation & Development

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43355 State Hwy, 28, PO Box 504
Arkville, New York 12406

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Catskill Fire Towers

The Catskill Center, through the Catskill Fire Tower Project manages five fire towers throughout the Catskill Park for public access and interpretation. Historically more than a hundred towers, some built nearly a century ago, were used for early detection of forest fires throughout New York state because of their extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

Today, just five towers remain in the Catskill Park and are maintained with assistance from a dedicated group of volunteers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

During the summer months our volunteers open up the tower cabins for visitors to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the region. The five towers make for some of the best hiking destinations in the Catskills, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the surrounding Catskill Park and mountains. They are well worth the time and effort it takes to hike to each tower. 

If you're interested in volunteering on the Catskill Fire Tower Project, please complete our volunteer form. Looking for hiking maps, guides and info on the Fire Towers?  Then be sure to read on for our guides to each tower!

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Catskill Center for Conservation & Development
43355 State Hwy, 28, PO Box 504 Arkville, NY 12406
Phone: 845-586-2611
Since 1969, we have led the effort to protect the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve, while enriching the vitality and sustainability of our communities.