Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain Fire Tower and Interpretive Trail

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.

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Latitude: 44.400818 Longitude: -73.503038 Elevation: 891 ft
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Don't Miss This When Visiting

Talking to the Fire Tower Steward on the summit or in the cab of the tower. Don't miss the displays and view from the tower!

Related Sites Or Experiences

Belfry and Hurricane Mountains and their fire towers. See their postings on lakestolock.org

Suggested Further Reading

More details can be found at pokeomoonshine.org



ADA Accessible


Tours Are Offered


Site is Child-friendly


Site is Pet-friendly


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