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Beebe Hill Fire Tower

One of the fire towers in New York State, Beebe Hill Fire Tower is located in the Beebe Hill State Forest near Austerlitz, not far from the state border with Massachusetts. From the trailhead near Barrett Pond just off of Columbia County Route 5, it is about an one mile hike in each direction to the 1726 foot summit of Beebe Hill. The hike is pleasant and historical, going past a cemetery and some old stone walls from the days of yore on your way to the fire tower. Even the fire tower has some history to it, as the tower was first constructed on Alander Mountain just over the state border with Massachusetts in 1928, then moved to Washburn Mountain in Columbia County in 1933 before being moved to Beebe Hill in 1964. Today, you can explore the fire tower and the nearby lean-to that has been built near the fire tower. From the top of the fire tower, you can see the nearby Berkshires and Taconic Range as well as the Catskills in the far distance.

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Verona Beach Lighthouse

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US Lighthouses - Verona Beach Lighthouse
Lighthouse Friends - Verona Beach Lighthouse
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Hackensack Mountain

Hackensack Mountain is a smaller mountain by Adirondack standards, but it still stands on guard over Warrensburg. At an elevation of 1357 feet over the surrounding village, Hackensack Mountain towers 560 feet over the town and is a modest mountain to climb. The name Hackensack is derived from an Algonquin phrase meaning "where two rivers come together". This name makes sense, as the Schroon River and the Hudson River meet just west of Warrensburg. Hackensack Mountain was also the home of a small ski area called Blister Hill, which was in operation during the 1970s.

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