Belfry Fire Tower
US 1173, NY 38

Photo courtesy of Laurie Rankin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1173, NY 38 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered January 23, 2017
Nominated by Laurie Rankin
Location Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Essex County, New York
Coordinates N 44° 05.871' W 073° 32.874' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 05' 52" W 073° 32' 52"
N 44.097853° W 073.547892°
Elevation 1,858 ft (566 m)
Built 1917
Administered by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


The Belfry Fire Tower overlooks the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east. To the west the high peaks of the Adirondack Park are visible and include Hurricane fire tower. The fire tower was closed in 1988.


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Visit Reports

February 20, 2017: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Belfry Fire Tower is one of the more easily accessible fire towers in the Adirondacks. As such it is visited often and it has a significant amount of graffiti on the structure, particularly inside the cab and also on the rock ledges on the ground. All need to be painted over as well as the entire tower needs paint. Numerous communications equipment pieces are on the tower making painting difficult.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: Numerous. Tower and equipment owned by NYSDEC, NYS Police and Essex County.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Parking can be somewhat limited and is at the crest of a hill, making safe entry to and from the parking difficult.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
Volunteers who could assist with both initial painting and ongoing painting to keep graffiti at a minimum would be welcome.