Sterling Forest Fire Tower and Iron Mines

Sterling Forest State Park

Sterling Forest Fire Tower at Sterling Lake from the Fire Tower - Fire Tower - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar Sterling Forest Fire Tower at Sterling Lake from the Fire Tower - 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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Sterling Forest Fire Tower and Iron Mines

To start your hike to the Sterling Forest Fire Tower, 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...

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July 13, 2017
5
Fire tower partially closed for construction
I did this hike on 7/4/17. The directions were on point and the trail was easy to follow. I took that side trail that another hiker pointed out below. It was worth it to get a sense of history about the surrounding area, and it added maybe 20 minutes at most. One thing to note is that the fire tower is closed off about halfway up the tower. The boards are rotting and are being replaced by staff in the area. I am sure the renovation won't take long, but it is something I wanted to note.
bromli
December 13, 2016
4
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:https://scenesfromthetrail.com/2016/04/30/sterling-forest-state-park/
CeeGee
April 28, 2016
0
Thanks for the response.
I will include the Lakeville Ironworks Trail on my hike. Also thanks for supplying such great info. 
CeeGee
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