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
Great hike
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. I would recommend bug repellent in the warmer weather. The views from the fire tower were outstanding. I look forward to exploring other areas of this park. For photos of this hike visit:
April 28, 2016
Thanks for the response.
I will include the Lakeville Ironworks Trail on my hike. Also thanks for supplying such great info. 
April 28, 2016
Alternate ending to this hike

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 way to the second to last sentence, and then follow the following description (which may add .25 mile or so of mileage to the hike):

Turn right and follow the blue blazes along the road.  In a short distance, turn right onto the Lakeville Ironworks Trail (yellow blazes with black shovel/pickaxe symbol).  You will cross over a wooden bridge and then pass through various mine ruins.  The trail eventually meets Old Forge Road, which you should cross and continue on the trail across the road.  After crossing another bridge and other ruins, you will again reach Old Forge Road in a different location.  Cross the road and continue following the yellow blazes, and you will soon reach the impressive Sterling Furnace on your left.  Continue a short distance up the hill to reach the blue-blazed Sterling Lake Loop Trail.  Turn right and follow the blue blazes back to the visitor center.

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