The Allegany State Park Historical Society and The Friends of Allegany State Park will host walks on the weekends for park visitors to discover the Summit Fire Tower and Stone Tower. These free events are open to the public and weather dependent, continuing now through October.
Summit Fire Tower Talk Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Meet anytime from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Summit Fire Tower. The Summit Fire Tower is a short walk on the Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski and Mountain Bike area trail.
History of the Summit Fire Tower: In 1926, the first of three 60-foot steel fire towers was erected in Allegany State Park. Located at the summit area on the former Parker property on South Mountain, at an elevation of 2,365 feet and 1,000 feet above Red House Lake, the Summit Fire Tower gave visitors a spectacular view of the surrounding area.
At the top, visitors were greeted by friendly fire wardens who proudly showed off their maps and fire locating equipment. A card was awarded to visitors which said, “I climbed the 100 steps of the Allegany State Park Summit Fire Tower.”
Abandoned in the early 1970s and replaced by aerial surveillance, only the skeletal frame of the tower remained. In 1999, the Allegany State Park Fire Tower Restoration Committee was formed and over the next few years they restored the tower to allow visitors the opportunity to climb the tower once again.
Stone Tower Talk – Sunday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet anytime from 11 a.m. to 12:30pm on Sundays at the Stone Tower (Program Site 17).
History of Stone Tower: In June of 1933, Company 249 of the Civilian Conservation Corps (part of FDR’s New Deal) arrived at Allegany State Park whose task was to construct a stone observation tower on the summit of a hill. The men commenced the Stone Tower in October 1933. Their campsite of World War I surplus tents was located just below where the tower now stands.
Stone Tower includes a winding staircase leading up to the top deck, which consisted of wooden guardrails. The stone used to build the tower was all collected and cut in Allegany State Park. The octagonal shape tower stands at an elevation of 2,250 feet and overlooks Salamanca to the North and Red House Lake to the South. A carving of an arrow pointing north was etched in the center of its upper deck.
The Stone Tower was completed in the spring of 1934. The tower has never been used for anything other than recreational observational tower by park visitors.