Annual Fall Foliage Hike to the Nimham Fire Lookout tower – Sunday, October 15

Join the Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC) for our annual Autumn hike up Nimham Mountain to the 1940 fire lookout tower to see the fall foliage from atop the tallest standing historic fire lookout tower in New York State.

When: Saturday, October 15, 2023 at 10 AM
Location: Mount Nimham Fire Tower, Mount Nimham Court, Carmel, NY 10512
Approximate duration: 2.5 to 3 hr (allowing plenty of time up and back)

We will meet at the parking area on Mount Nimham Court at 10 AM for a ramble up a woodland trail past farm ruins, and stone shelters, through a peaceful forest. The climb up the mountain is mirrored in the subtle changes in vegetation. We’ll see the woodlands carpeted by ferns of different hues with an abundance of nuts. We will stop at points on our hike up the mountain to demonstrate how this old forest is recovering from the tornado damage and blow-downs from 2018 and what this has provided for wildlife living here, as well as explore and understand the heavy tree nut production this year. Keep your eyes open for any wildlife that may be nearby, harvesting acorns or hickory nuts for their winter storage!

Once at the top, we’ll take time to enjoy the view from the historic fire lookout tower, built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in 1940 and last used as a forest fire lookout post by NYS forest rangers in 1978. The fire tower was restored by dedicated volunteers in 2004 and continues to be maintained through donations to our Kent Conservation Foundation, which now maintains the stewardship as for the Nimham fire lookout tower. To learn more about the Kent Conservation Foundation or help maintain the historic fire tower with a donation, please visit the Foundation’s web page.

The return route will be along the blue trail or via the gravel access road, both of which to the parking area, completing the walk in approximately two miles. No one is left behind and frequent stops will allow everyone to keep together.

Heavy rain cancels. If the weather gets iffy, please the hike page at the Kent Conservation Advisory Committee information website, the Nimham Mountain Fire Tower page on Facebook, or call 914-671-2764.