Beebe Hill Fire Tower

Schenectady, New York 12309

Beebe Hill Fire Tower

Beebe Hill Fire Tower Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hike to a lonely tower to gaze across the Catskill and Taconic Mountains, as forest rangers did in the early days of fire detection. Back in 1928, Alander Mountain in the Berkshires—just over the border from here in Massachusetts—was judged to be a good place for a forest ranger to watch the state’s forests for the wisps of smoke that could signal a forest fire.

Five years later, however, the state’s forest management decided that Washburn Mountain in Columbia County offered a better vantage point. The tower was moved to that mountain—which must have required some disassembly of the 60-foot structure—and remained there for thirty- one years. In 1964 the tower was moved one more time to Beebe Hill, where it stands today."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2.0 miles
488 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Spring through fall
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
NYSDEC Region 4, 1130 North Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306; (518) 3572068;
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): State Line, NY; trail map available online at
Local Maps

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Dec 2018