Mount Arab Fire Tower
US 108, NY 7
December 2017 photo

December 2017 photo - courtesy of Laurie Rankin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 108, NY 7 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered July 6, 1995
Nominated by Fred Knauf, New York Chapter, FFLA
Location St. Lawrence County, New York
Coordinates N 44° 12.272' W 074° 35.304' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 12' 16" W 074° 35' 18"
N 44.204530° W 074.588406°
Elevation 2,519 ft (768 m)
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation & New York Chapter, Forest Fire Lookout Association


Forest fires swept forests of the Adirondack Mountains repeatedly in the early 1900s, and in 1916 the State of New York began construction of an extensive network of permanent steel fire towers to replace wooden structures that were expensive to maintain. These towers served continuously until 1990 when they were all replaced by air patrol. The Mount Arab Fire Tower, a 35’ Aermotor structure with 7’x 7’ metal cab, was built in 1918, replacing a wooden tower opened in 1911. It is the only tower remaining of the seven that once stood in St. Lawrence County and is a popular hiking destination. The tower and Observer cabin has been fully restored by the “Friends of Mt. Arab” and is open to the public. This facility is registered on the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Historic Lookout Register.


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Visit Reports

December 21, 2017: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Cabin in good condition. Steps and landings on fire tower in good condition. Wooden window frames need repair/replacement. Plexiglass in fire tower cab cloudy and needs replacement. Steel structure could use a coat of paint. <br /> <br />The Friends of Mount Arab group have done an excellent job of maintaining the Observer's cabin - great condition, the privy - great condition, and the fire tower. The fire tower simply needs some routine maintenance of paint and window repair. In addition to the physical facilities, the Friends of Mount Arab group also maintains the trail to the fire tower and does litter pick up on the road to the trailhead. They maintain a website and a Facebook page.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? NHLR sign was stolen late in the fall of 2017. A new sign was given to the group and they will repost inside the Observer's cabin to prevent future vandalism.


Staffed? Sometimes
The Friends of Mount Arab hires Summit Stewards each summer. They do an excellent job of providing the hiking public with educational and historical information and materials.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes