Federal Hill Lookout
US 407, NH 8

Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 407, NH 8 (view other lookouts in United States, New Hampshire)
Date Registered March 12, 2002
Nominated by Chris Haartz, NH Registrar
Location Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Coordinates N 42° 48.803' W 071° 39.355' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 48' 48" W 071° 39' 21"
N 42.813390° W 071.655920°
Elevation 352 ft (107 m)
Administered by NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development
Cooperators NH Div. of Forests and Lands


The second southern-most active lookout in the state, Federal Hill went into service in 1911 with a 20' treetop platform and used intermittently until 1918. In 1929 the present steel tower with wood cab was built. Damaged in the 1938 hurricane, the tower was repaired and possibly raised. It was raised again during the 1980s and is in service.


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Visit Reports

September 26, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower looks pretty nice- though there are some issues with it's exterior that are visible if you look closely. First of all, one of the windows in the cab has been blown in, leaving the cab exposed to the elements. The cab doesn't have shutters. Also, the outhouse has been tipped over, and part of the covering of the watchman's cabin roof has blown away. Other than that, the tower is beautiful.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: There is communication equipment on and near the lookout.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? Sometimes
Apparently this tower is staffed by the state of New Hampshire during fire season.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No