New Trail From Denning to Red Hill Fire Tower

View from Red Hill Fire Tower
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As we reported on our post about the original trail up to Red Hill fire tower, there is a new trail cut from Denning! The tower is situated in the Sundown Wild Forest. This is exciting as it provides the hiker with improved access in the winter. To be honest, all year. This is one of the kids and family-friendly hikes in the Catskills.

The attractive parking lot is a bit small and can accommodate about 8-10 cars depending on how people park. I attempted to park there on the way back from doing some trail work in the Neversink and it was tight with 7 cars. I have a pickup truck. Nonetheless, it is surely going to increase the number of hikers to the tower. Even though the trail has been open since the fall, the DEC made the official announcement on Catskill Park Day, Feb. 9, 2021.

DEC Commissioner Seggos said:

“This new trailhead parking lot and hiking trail will make it easier to visit the historic Red Hill Fire Tower, enhancing year-round access to an outstanding view of the southern Catskills”

The trail cutting across NYCDEP land travels 1.4-miles before connecting with the old trail reaching the summit at 2.0-miles from the parking area.

Watch for our post on this new trail soon!

Map of new Red Hill Fire Tower trail from Denning
NYSDEC Map of new Red Hill Fire Tower trail from Denning

Contact information

Sundown Wild Forest
Contact Information:DEC Region 3 New Paltz Office:
Phone: (845) 256-3000 (M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM)
Email: r3admin@dec.ny.gov
Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
Location: Towns of Denning, Wawarsing, and Olive in Ulster County and Town of Neversink in Sullivan County
Map: Sundown Wild Forest recreation map
Amenities:See Ulster County web site
Weather:Ashokan High Point Weather