Red Hill Fire Tower
US 106, NY 6

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 106, NY 6 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered March 6, 1995
Nominated by Bob Spear, FFLA and NHLR representative
Location Ulster County, New York
Coordinates N 41° 55.428' W 074° 31.074' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 55' 26" W 074° 31' 04"
N 41.923800° W 074.517900°
Elevation 2,980 ft (908 m)
Built 1920
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and the Highlands Group of the Forest Fire Lookout Association


Located on a State Forest Preserve Tract on the southern edge of the Catskills, Red Hill Fire Tower was constructed by NYS-DEC in 1920 and staffed until 1990. The 60’ Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7x7’ steel cab is equipped with an unusual 1/2” tube alidade.


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9/10/05--Cabin (Bob Eckler photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

9/10/05--Cabin (Bob Eckler photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Circa 1924 (Friends of Red Hill collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Circa 1924 (Friends of Red Hill collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Visit Reports

April 17, 2017: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: This fire tower is in excellent condition and well cared for by the Red Hill Fire Tower Committee and it's chair, Doug Hamilton. In addition to the excellent condition of the fire tower, the Observer's cabin, picnic table, privy, summit area, trail, register box and kiosk are all well cared for.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? One trail, well marked.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
See above comments. Red Hill Fire Tower Committee volunteers staff the fire tower every weekend from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.


Photo courtesy of Laurie Rankin