Tuesday, July 9, 2013

News: Five Restored Fire Towers in Catskill Park Are Focus of Hiking Brochures and Maps from Trail Conference

The Trail Conference has just released five new brochure maps for the restored Fire Towers in the Catskill Park.
The five restored fire towers of the Catskill Park
These Fire Towers, while no longer staffed by fire wardens, are favorite hiking destinations in the Catskill Mountains.  The five remaining fire towers offer unparalleled 360-degree views of the Catskill Mountains and beyond are some of the most popular destinations for hikers in the mountains.  Nowadays instead of fire wardens, the towers are staffed by volunteers on summer weekends who welcome visitors, sharing the history and lore of the fire towers and of the Catskill Mountains.

To help visitors find their way to the fire towers and understand their history, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, working with the Catskill Fire Tower Project, developed a trail map brochure for each of the towers.  The towers are located throughout the Catskill Park and are located on Balsam Lake Mountain, Hunter Mountain, Overlook Mountain, Red Hill and Tremper Mountain.

For more information on the Fire Tower Program, visit the Trail Conference's Fire Tower Brochure page.  For individual fire tower maps:

Each brochure includes a map of the area surrounding the fire tower and a description of the most direct hike to the fire tower.  The fire towers are also shown on  more detailed Catskill Trails map set, which is the most up-to-date and accurate trail map of the Catskill Park available. This six-map set features trails in and around the Catskill Park in Greene, Ulster, Delaware and Sullivan Counties of New York, covering more than 325,000 acres of protected land.


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.

   

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