Perkins Memorial Lookout
US 212, NY 15
August 8, 2016 photo

August 8, 2016 photo - courtesy of Ed Seifert

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 212, NY 15 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered April 28, 1997
Nominated by Lawrence G. Paul
Location Bear Mountain State Park
Orange County, New York
Coordinates N 41° 18.658' W 074° 00.385' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 18' 39" W 074° 00' 23"
N 41.310965° W 074.006422°
Elevation 1,263 ft (385 m)
Administered by Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Cooperators Palisades Interstate Park Commission & the Forest Fire Lookout Association

Description

The impressive 40’ stone lookout tower on Bear Mountain in the New York Highlands was constructed in 1931-34 and dedicated as the Perkins Memorial Tower to honor a Chairman of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission which owns the site and surrounding forest west of the Hudson River near West Point Military Academy. The 20’ x 20’ lookout cab is still used by the Park Commission during periods of high fire danger.

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Photos

August 16, 2013 by David Rocco

August 16, 2013 by David Rocco

Visit Reports

August 8, 2016: Ed Seifert

Condition

Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: The site is well maintained by Bear Mountain Park staff. The observation deck was open to the public. The footings from the former Bear Mountain Fire Lookout are just 500 feet away from the Memorial Lookout and easily accessible from a gravel road.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: Typical radio repeater antennas are mounted atop the structure. There are no microwave dishes mounted there.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
Staffed and used as a fire lookout during times of high fire danger.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

May 1, 2007: Bob Spear

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Maintained on a regular basis by Bear Mountain State Park NY

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
During Extreme fire weather- a Ranger may be posted at the tower- also serves as a Staging area during these times

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
The Park maintains the tower as an observatory