• Andrea Davis

NH Fire Tower Hikes With Views

Red Hill Tower

Town: Moultonborough (Carroll County)

Red Hill is the dominant natural feature between Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. The fire tower sits on the summit and offers panoramic views of both lakes from nearby. The hike is mostly on a gradual old dirt road, maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and the summit has a large grassy clearing with historical buildings and a picnic tables to stop for lunch.

Pitcher Mountain Tower

Town: Stoddard (Cheshire County)

Pitcher Mountain Trail is a lightly trafficked loop trail that is good for all skill levels. The trail is accessible year-round and on-leash dogs are also able to use this trail.

Belknap Mountain Tower

Town: Gilford (Belknap County)

Belknap Mountain is the highest peak in the Belknap Range, a long chain of small mountains and hills on the southwest side of the state of New Hampshire. Its summit is home to one of NH’s sixteen active fire towers. From the tower’s deck, hikers will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the Lakes Region and beyond on a clear day.

Kearsarge North Tower

Town: Intervale (Carroll County)

The fire tower that sits atop of Mount Kearsarge North is fully enclosed in glass windows. There is also an open air toilet located a short distance from the tower. The Kearsarge North Trail is 3.1 miles to reach the tower, with a moderate to challenging hike with rather steep grades throughout the entire hike.

Magalloway Mountain Tower

Town: Pittsburg (Coos County)

Magalloway Mountain is located in a remote area of New Hampshire, a much less popular spot known for its hiking trails. Magalloway Mountain’s fire tower offers one of the few trail-accessible views of the Connecticut Lakes Region and one of the most incredible tower views in all of New Hampshire.

Blue Job Mountain Tower

Town: Farmington (Strafford County)

Blue Job Mountain is the second highest mountain in the southeastern Lakes Region, and is home to one of NH’s standing active fire towers. The summit sits at only 1,356 feet and is an excellent option for less experienced hikers or families looking for great views of the White Mountains on a clear day.

Milan Hill Tower

Town: Milan (Coos County)

The recently renovated Milan Hill tower is one of the sixteen towers considered active today. The tower is the main attraction of Milan Hill State Park, a popular place for camping and cross-country skiing, among other recreational activities year-round.

Pack Monadnock Tower

Town: Peterborough (Hillsborough County)

Pack Monadnock is located in Miller State Park, and is one of the sixteen New Hampshire mountains with an active fire tower. An auto road leads to the top of the mountain for vehicle access seasonally, but there are also plenty of hiking trails to explore.

Smarts Mountain Tower

Town: Lyme (Grafton County)

Smarts Mountain summit bears a recently renovated fire tower which provides an excellent vista in all directions on a clear day. Hikers will follow along the infamous Appalachian Trail (A.T.) during this trek.

Cardigan Mountain Tower

Town: Orange (Grafton County)

Mount Cardigan’s rocky, exposed summit provides wonderful views south of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The summit bears a fire tower for hikers to climb when it is open to the public seasonally.

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