The Fire towers around the state have been out of operation for about 25 years but many of the structures still stand although in general disrepair. I saw a beauty down near Albany Georgia a few days ago and had to stop and photograph it.
Right across from the farm up on clove Mountain at 1400 feet elevation is the old Clove Mountain fire Tower. I remember Mr. Ferris, I forgot his first name, who spent the summers up there in a cabin and every day climbed the stairs to the top of the tower where there was a room and maybe the best view in the Hudson Valley. There are some big transmission towers there now, I guess cell phone and police radios and they are right next to the old fire tower so it doesn’t look very nice up there now, but I found some old pictures of the tower, posted here and we still hike up there from time to time. It is about 2 1/5 miles from North Clove road and good exercise, particularly when you get to the steep part near the top.
Clove Mt. Fire Tower
Location: 7 miles south of the Village of Millbrook.
Status: Still remains but is closed to the public.
The structure on Clove is a 60′ Aermotor LS40 tower erected by the Conservation Department in 1933. It’s lies 3 1/2 miles east of the James Baird State Park on the Taconic State Parkway.
This tower ceased operation at the end of the 1988 season and was officially closed in early 1989 when the Department of Environmental Conservation determined that fire towers were no longer effective and decided to phase them out of service. If you click on the blue highlighted text below you will see a great website for Fire Towers in the Hudson Valley.