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Beech Mountain Fire Tower in Acadia National Park to Open

Southwest Harbor -

BAR HARBOR, Maine –¬† The Beech Mountain fire tower will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.¬† Saturday, Oct. 15,¬† at Acadia National Park. Beech Mountain is an excellent spot for viewing the fall foliage. Dogs on leash are allowed to accompany hikers to the top, but cannot climb to the top of the tower because of the open grating on the steps and platform. Warm clothes are strongly recommended.

The fire tower is on the National Registry of Historic Fire Towers and is usually not open to the public. The original Beech Mountain fire lookout was in use from 1941 to the mid-1950s. It was a wooden building constructed by men from the Civilian Conservation Corp camps on Mount Desert Island. When it started to deteriorate, a new steel tower was flown in and erected at the top by 1962. It was manned during the day sporadically, but usually only during high fire danger times. The last time a park ranger manned the tower was in 1976.

For more information, call Acadia National Park at 288-3338.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Betty Lyle

Telephone Number: (207)288-8820

Website: http://www.nps.gov/acad

Email: acadia_information@nps.gov