New Hampshire Fire Tower Quest

Weeks State Park - John Wingate Weeks Estate on the summit of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire USA. The Mount Prospect Tower was built by John W. Weeks in 1912 and is still in operation today.
John Wingate Weeks Estate Tower – Lancaster, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Fire Tower Quest Program – The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands has a hiking program involving the fifteen fire lookout towers that they operate in New Hampshire. Once a hiker visits any five of the fire towers on the list, they can receive a patch, certificate, and a letter of recognition from the NH Division of Forests and Lands.

There are almost 100 known fire tower sites scattered across the state of New Hampshire. Dating back to the early 1900s, these manned towers were used to spot wildfires; they played an important role in protecting New Hampshire's forests, but very few remain standing today. And the intention of this hiking list is to create awareness for the role fire towers play in protecting New Hampshire's forests.

Two great books about the New Hampshire fire towers are Field Guide to New Hampshire Firetowers by Iris W. Baird and Chris Haartz and Looking Out for Our Forests by Iris W. Baird. Both are wonderful, well-researched books. Iris W. Baird's (1930-2016) research on the New Hampshire fire towers is impressive.

For more information on the New Hampshire fire tower quest and a downloadable application, see the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands website. Another great resource loaded with information about New Hampshire's fire towers is the Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA). The fire towers on this list are a great part of New Hampshire history.

New Hampshire Fire Tower Quest List
(February 2023)

MountainElevation (feet)StatusHistory Note
Magalloway Mountain3,360On ListUpdating....

Town: Pittsburg
Cardigan Mountain
3,121On ListUpdating....

Town: Orange
Kearsarge Mountain2,937On ListUpdating....

Town: Warner
Belknap Mountain2,384On ListUpdating....

Town: Gilford
Pitcher Mountain2,153On ListUpdating....

Town: Stoddard
Pack Monadnock2,280On ListUpdating....

Town: Peterborough
Prospect Mountain2,059On ListUpdating....

Town: Lancaster
Red Hill2,029On ListUpdating....

Town: Moultonboro
Green Mountain1,907On ListUpdating....

Town: Effingham
Milan Hill 1,737On ListUpdating....

Town: Milan
Blue Job1,356On ListUpdating....

Town: Farmington
Oak Hill920On ListUpdating....

Town: Loudon
Pawtuckaway908On ListUpdating....

Town: Nottingham
Federal Hill690On ListUpdating....

Town: Milord
Warner Hill605On ListUpdating....

Town: Derry

The above list of fire towers on the New Hampshire Fire Lookout Tower Quest Program is up to date as of February 2023. However, the elevations may not be exact.

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Baird, Iris, Kelley, Jack. New Hampshire Fire Towers. [online] Available at: n.d.

Tribute Archive. “Iris W. Baird Obituary (2016) – Lancaster, NH – Bailey Funeral Home.”, .

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