Finding Fire Towers

About ten years ago while poking through the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, I came across A Field Guide to New Hampshire Firetowers, a labor-of-love booklet by Iris W. Baird and Chris Haartz. It was a gem of local history, and I used to take it with  me whenever I headed out for a tower hike. I just learned that Baird passed away earlier this year (RIP). A fire tower aficionado has used her work as a resource for a web page dedicated to people who have reached every New Hampshire fire tower and former fire tower site – more than ninety locations!

I’m not in that league.I was pleased just to get the Tower Quest patch from the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands a few years ago for visiting only five towers. I think I’m due for more hikes.

A newer resource that I’ve discovered is a must for all tower hunters: the NH Fire Towers Facebook group.

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The view from Pack Monadnock’s tower (Miller State Park) in the fall.

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View from the tower site on Mt. Kearsarge, Warner NH.

6. Fire Tower

The Pitcher Mountain tower, Stoddard, NH, is a short and fairly easy hike from the parking area on NH Route 123.

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From the decommissioned tower at Stratham Park, looking towards Portsmouth and the NH coast.

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Loveliest fire tower to be found anywhere, in my opinion. Weeks State Park, Lancaster NH.

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An auto road reaches the tower site at Miller State Park (Pack Monadnock).

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This tower at Pawtuckaway State Park is being re-built in 2016.

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Northernmost active tower in New Hampshire, on Mt. Magalloway. The view on a clear day extends to Maine, Vermont, and Quebec as well as New Hampshire.

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