Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has had a summit fire tower since 1917. . Eighty years later, The Friends of "Poke-O" began the process of restoring the tower and the Ranger Trail to the summit as educational -i interpretive sites.The tower had been closed in 1990 and slated to be removed, but a grass-roots campaign saved it so that its story and that of the surrounding area could be readily shared.
The tower is now restored and professionally staffed by a Tower Steward in the summer months from late June until late August. There is also an interpretive flier whose text is geared to eleven stops along the trail which detail human and natural history of the mountain. The tower also has a detailed interpretive display. It is regularly open on Thursdays through Mondays for ten weeks in the summer starting in late June.
The hike is NOT an easy one, climbing 1200 feet in just over a mile. Hikers should be fit, and bring a pack with snacks, water, and extra clothing suitable for the weather. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are a must! Any dogs must be leashed and their waste cleaned up.