Red Hill Tower
US 526, NH 18
May 2016 photo by Jack Kelley

May 2016 photo by Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 526, NH 18 (view other lookouts in United States, New Hampshire)
Date Registered August 5, 2003
Nominated by Thomas Curren, President, Lakes Region Conservation Trust; Ernest E. Davis, Jr., Chairman, Town of Moultonborough; and Richard Plaisted, Fire Chief
Location Town of Moultonborough
Carroll County, New Hampshire
Coordinates N 43° 45.337' W 071° 27.521' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 45' 20" W 071° 27' 31"
N 43.755620° W 071.458680°
Elevation 2,029 ft (618 m)
Administered by Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Owner
Cooperators Lakes Region Conservation Trust and Town of Moultonborough, NH


The Red Hill Tower was constructed by the State of New Hampshire in 1927 as a replacement for the Mt. Israel Lookout. The original 27’ metal tower with 10’x10’ wooden cab was raised to 55’ in 1972 and an observation platform added for visitors. Closed by the state in 1981, the tower is now staffed by the Town of Moultonborough Fire Dept. on land owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and is now the only active NH tower not owned by the state.


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Circa 2003

Circa 2003

Visit Reports

May 22, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? No Response
Comments: The tower is unique looking, though visually unappealing. The wood on every landing is rotting and not properly secured, and the entire tower csn be shaken just by jostling the stairway. The boards moved under my feet, and there were large gaps between some of them.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There is a Red Hill Fire Tower sign before the trailhead.


Staffed? Sometimes
Apparently the tower is staffed by Moultonborough residents, though it wasn't when I was there.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response