Sterling Forest Fire Tower and Iron Mines

Sterling Forest State Park

Sterling Lake from the Fire Tower - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar Sterling Lake from the Fire Tower - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar

This loop hike goes along scenic Sterling Lake, passing ruins of former mining activity, and climbs to the Sterling Forest Fire Tower, with panoramic views.

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Leave the park visitor center, using the front entrance, and turn right on a dirt path, following the blue blazes of the Sterling Lake Loop. The trail briefly joins the paved entrance road, then bears right and goes across a grassy field, passing the stone foundations of a former church to the right. It enters the woods on a footpath and crosses a wooden bridge over the outlet of Sterling Lake...

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December 13, 2016
I did this hike on April 30, 2016. Your directions were spot on. The visitor center is quite informative and the staff very helpful. The trails were well blazed and signs at every junction.
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April 28, 2016
I will include the Lakeville Ironworks Trail on my hike. Also thanks for supplying such great info. 
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April 28, 2016

The Lakeville Ironworks Trail passes through several interesting areas with interpretive panels about mine ruins and other features.  One suggestion would be to do this hike as described all the wa

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