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Red Hill Fire Tower in Claryville, New York is the sturdiest, most well-maintained fire tower we've ever been on, and the trail up is easy and fairly short- although the first time we attempted the hike it was way too icy. Go in the spring, summer or autumn and the trek will be very manageable.

You'll find a ranger station at the top of the hill. The view from the tower is exceptional, and it's easy to want to stay up there for a long time. The cab at the top is secure, and there are binoculars and maps to check out. You'll see many other peaks in the Catskills and the Shawangunk Ridge.


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