Although it has been many years since New York State fire towers were manned, the “Fire Tower Challenge” has grown into quite a popular objective among the NYS hiker subset.
In a nutshell, there are 25 restored fire towers (originally 23) in the Adirondacks and 5 in the Catskills. Fire Tower Challenge aspirants must hike to the summits of 18 in the ‘Dacks and all 5 in the Catsills to meet club requirements and receive a patch.
It’s a cool list. No major heavy lifting. Have done all 30. Takes you all over the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. Lots of fun.