Burke Mountain Fire Tower
US 274, VT 5

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 274, VT 5 (view other lookouts in United States, Vermont)
Date Registered September 1, 1998
Nominated by Mark W. Haughwout, Vermont Registrar
Location Town of Burke
Caledonia County, Vermont
Coordinates N 44° 34.225' W 071° 53.569' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 34' 13" W 071° 53' 34"
N 44.570415° W 071.892815°
Elevation 3,220 ft (981 m)
Administered by Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
Cooperators Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation


Established in 1913, Burke Mountain is the second oldest lookout site in Vermont. The current 54’ Aermotor tower with 7’ x 7’ steel cab is the fourth to grace the summit. It replaced a wooden tower with a unique octagonal wooden cab that was blown down in the great hurricane of 1937. Deactivated in the 1970s, the tower was given a facelift in 1990 by the FAA in exchange for hanging a microwave dish. Located in the Darling State Forest, it is open to the public.


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Visit Reports

September 2, 2006: Greg Sotto


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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