Dickenson Hill Fire Tower; Grafton lakes State Park, Ny

Total Mileage: 3 Miles                                          Directions 42.793055,-73.432875

Total rise: 400′                                                                       Facebook

Hike Time: 2 hrs (3 kids)                                                       My Pintrest

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Significance: Fire Tower, Views                                  East Coast Fire Towers

Printable Map

Here is some of what you need to know: Can you park at the tower? I am not sure, there are signs across the street from the fire tower gate that threaten to tow your vehicle, but not on the side of the gate…I almost feel like it is ok. This webpage takes you from the actual parking area in the park.

1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map

2. Click on the flags for more information

3. Click on the pictures to make them large


Note the fire tower picture, follow these to the tower.

To reach the trail head, walk 0.2 miles up the dirt road to the marked trail area. The path resembles an ATV trail, and is blazed with a picture of a fire tower. Our visit was on a warm day in late winter; the trail was both icy and muddy. The distance from the trail head to the tower was about 1.3 miles; The total elevation gain was minimal which led to only minor complaints from the kids. Along the trail we saw some old rock walls and signs periodically  that explained the history of Ny fire towers.


One of the signs posted along the way











At about 1.2 miles the trail turns into a road, and for a short distance you will walk past houses; the “fire tower blaze” will continue as you walk this road. Before long you will come up to the gated fire tower entrance on your right, Walk up that hill for about 2/10 of a mile and you will arrive at the tower.











The tower is well maintained and it felt safe climbing to the top. What are you looking at? Before we orient I will say the day was very hazy with storm clouds moving in. The wetlands you see is to the South-West, there is a tall mountain in the distance which I am having a hard time identifying, but it is in the direction of the northern Catskill mountains, could it be the Black Head Range? I do not know. When you look in the direction of the communication tower you will see the Taconic Ridge state forest (follow left of the comm tower) which is home to the 35 mile Taconic Ridge Trail. When you look North-East you will see a large and imposing mountain, I believe you area seeing Glastenbury and Equinox, both mountains of Vermont. Mountain finding is tough, I will entertain any theories you have as to what we are looking at.


South-West, Catskill Mountains in the distance?

South-East looking past the communications tower, Taconic Mountains.











Equinox mountain center left, Glastenbury Center right. If you click on the picture you will see it much better.











This was a nice hike and Grafton Lake State Park looks like a great place to visit. I have ton of other NY fire towers on the East Coast Fire Tower Pagealong with many from surrounding states.