Are you looking for a unique way to spend an afternoon in the Green Mountain State? Lace up your boots and embark on one of these fire tower hikes in Vermont. Unforgettable views and unbeatable experiences await! Before you start your adventure, access your free copy of our Southern Vermont Vacation Guide. It’s the only resource you need to have the quintessential Vermont experience!
The Top 4 Fire Tower Hikes in Vermont
No matter the season, Vermont boasts unrivaled gorgeous scenery. While many tourists climb mountains to catch a glimpse of the landscape below, some of the best vistas in the state are at the historic fire towers.
These fire towers were once used as lookouts to protect the forests from raging fires. Though the fire towers are no longer in use, hikers today can still climb the metal steps to the top. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the magnificent view from the fire tower!
1. Okemo Mountain
Take the ski lift or hike up to the top of the Healdville Trail to discover the 80-year-old fire tower in the midst of Okemo State Forest. The tower is 3,343 feet tall and offers sweeping views of the Adirondacks, the White Mountains, and the Berkshires. It’s a great spot to enjoy Vermont fall foliage from above!
2. Stratton Mountain
The staffed lookout at Stratton Mountain offers one of the best views in Southern Vermont. Stratton is one of the highest peaks in Southern Vermont, at an altitude of 3,940 feet. Hike the Stratton Mountain Trail or take the ski lift and climb the fire tower, which is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.
Did you know? Stratton Mountain was James Taylor’s inspiration for Vermont’s Long Trail, the first long-distance wilderness hiking trail in the United States.
3. Glastenbury Mountain
Located in the Green Mountain National Forest, the Glastenbury Mountain fire tower provides a spectacular view of the surrounding area. The trail to the tower is 21 miles round-trip, so either plan a quick journey or stay overnight along the way. We promise that the peace, quiet, and beauty is worth it.
4. Mount Olga
The Mount Olga fire tower, also listed on the National Historic Lookout Register, is a short hike from the entrance of Molly Stark State Park. Embark on the 1.7-mile round-trip hike and take in the 360-degree view of the lush forest and mountain peaks in the distance. From the top, you can see the abandoned Hogback Mountain Ski Area and the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area.
End Your Adventure at the Arlington Inn
After an exhilarating day of climbing to the top of these fire tower hikes in Vermont, come back and relax at the Arlington Inn. Our charming, historic bed and breakfast is one of the finest places to stay in southern Vermont. Guests of the inn enjoy four acres of English gardens, complimentary country breakfast in the solarium every morning, and an on-site restaurant.
When planning your next trip to southern Vermont, consider booking Zadock Hard’s Room. This quaint room features a queen canopy bed and en-suite bathroom with views of the pine grove. It’s the perfect oasis in the heart of the Green Mountain State.