Overlook Mountain Fire Tower Guide - Catskill Mountains, New York

The Overlook Mountain Fire Tower is located on the eastern edge of the Catskills Mountains and in that location, it offers a great view of the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and Taconic Mountains to the east, the Adirondacks to the north and the Hudson Highlands and Shawangunks to the south.  On a clear day you can literally see several different states including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

The Tower is staffed in the summer months by volunteers from the Catskills Fire Tower Project, but even during the off season when the tower's cab in the very top is not open, the tower is a worthy destination with a great view.

Need more information on hiking and planning your 
trips to the Catskills and the Catskill Park?

Need a hiking map for your hikes in the Catskills? We recommend the Trail Conference's Catskills Trails 6-Map Set. These maps are the best available for hiking and outdoor adventures in the Catskills and the Catskill Park. The Catskill Center offers a regional map of the Catskills that provides an excellent overview of the region, it's roadways, attractions and trails. National Geographic Trails Illustrated also produces a map for the region. 

How about a guidebook? Both AMC and ADK publish trail guides to the Catskill Region and thAdventures in the Outdoors Bookstore carries many more books and maps that will help you as you hike and explore the Catskill Mountains region. 

If you are looking for more information about the extensive history of the Catskill Mountains and the Catskill Park, we would suggest reading The Catskills, From Wilderness to Woodstock and The Catskill Park, Inside the Blue Line. For the most comprehensive natural history of the Catskill Park and the Forests of the Catskill region, we recommend reading The Catskill Forest, a History by Michael Kudish.