Craney Hill Lookout
US 210, NH 4
October 2016 photo

October 2016 photo - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 210, NH 4 (view other lookouts in United States, New Hampshire)
Date Registered February 17, 1997
Nominated by Dale P. Clement
Location Town of Henniker
Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Coordinates N 43° 09.000' W 071° 48.000' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 08' 60" W 071° 47' 60"
N 43.150000° W 071.800000°
Elevation 1,296 ft (395 m)
Administered by Town of Henniker, NH
Cooperators Town of Henniker, NH & The Henniker Historical Society


If ever there was an example of how effective the NATIONAL HISTORIC LOOKOUT REGISTER can be as a catalyst in saving a fire lookout threatened with removal, Craney Hill Fire Tower is it. When word came of a proposal to replace the tower with a commercial electronics tower, the citizens of Henniker, NH went to work, with very happy results. The first lookout on Craney Hill was established in 1912. In 1932 the NH Forestry Commission constructed the current 41’ International Derrick tower with metal 7’ x 7’ cab, later a 10’x 10’ wood cab was placed on top of it, raising the tower ten feet. Regularly staffed until 1981, the lookout is now managed by the Town of Henniker, the Henniker Historical Society and the Craney Hill Fire Tower Association.


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Visit Reports

October 8, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: This tower is beautifully maintained by the Craney Hill Fire Tower Association. I visited it on one of the days it was open, and the informant in the tower, a resident of the area that remembers one of the watchmen, provided a lot of history on the tower and was very helpful. Everything is in great condition, and the NHLR nomination is prominently displayed in the cab.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There are signs pointing to the tower on the roads leading to the trailhead, and the NHLR sign is posted in the tower's cab.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure