Black Rock Forest Fire Tower
US 681, NY 30

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 681, NY 30 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered December 15, 2006
Nominated by Raymond J. Bombino, NY State Park Forest Ranger
Location Black Rock Forest
Orange County, New York
Coordinates N 41° 22.191' W 074° 06.053' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 22' 11" W 074° 06' 03"
N 41.369850° W 074.100880°
Elevation 398 ft (121 m)
Built 1933
Administered by Black Rock Forest Consortium
Cooperators Black Rock Forest Consortium


The Black Rock Forest Fire Tower was erected in 1929 as a private lookout on the Stillman Estate which in time became the 3,800 acre Black Rock Forest owned by Harvard University. In 1989 ownership was transferred to the Black Rock Forest Consortium. The tower is an 80' Aermotor LS-42 model with 7'x7' metal cab and has been restored except for the roof.


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Visit Reports

May 1, 2007: Bob Spear


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Does not have a roof- possibly if one can be aquired would be installed by Forest Management- Tower is not accessible to the public- has locked lower landing-entry by permission of Forest Manager at office

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Weather instruments and a surveillance camera are located on the tower for benefit of the Forest

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Black Rock tower was recently included on the NHLR for NY


Staffed? Sometimes
Surveillance camera observes Forest areas for smoke

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
For possible volunteer activity- contact the Forest Manager at the Black Rock Forest Office