Hike to the Sterling Forest Fire Tower

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Hikers heading to Sterling Fire Tower located in Sterling Forest State Park this summer are in for a treat! The Park Manager has given permission to the Friends of Sterling Forest to open the tower’s cab and Ranger Station to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00AM – 3:00PM, from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend.

Thanks to a generous donation from the North Jersey-Ramapo Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club for new windows in the tower’s cab, visitors now can enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree view of the parklands immediately surrounding the tower, as well as views of the more distant Schunemunk and Catskill mountains.

Sterling Tower is situated on the highest summit of Sterling Ridge, near the junction of the Fire Tower Trail and the Sterling Ridge/Highlands Trail, approximately two miles from Sterling Forest State Park Lautenberg Visitor Center. The tower is listed on the National Lookout Historic Register as well as the Federal Register of Historic Places.

Volunteer stewards are needed to welcome visitors to the site. For more information or to volunteer, please e-mail Susan Serico, Sterling Fire Tower Volunteer Coordinator, at sterlingfiretower01@gmail.com.