For Immediate Release
Posted: July 26, 2023


Shelly Angers, NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136 |

Mount Belknap fire tower to be replaced; trail access limited on certain weekdays through October

The N.H. Division of Forests and Lands is informing hikers who wish to visit Mount Belknap that, for public safety during the fire tower cab replacement project, there will be no access to any trails on certain days beginning July 28 and running through October. Additionally, there will be no access to the fire tower at all during this period.

“There will be several days at Mount Belknap when a helicopter will be used to fly in materials for the new tower, as is the case with the ongoing project to replace the fire tower at Cardigan Mountain,” said Chief Steve Sherman of the N.H. Forest Protection Bureau. “For safety purposes, it’s important that no one other than project personnel be on those mountains on the days that the helicopter is on site.

“The view from Belknap can only be experienced by climbing the stairs to the fire tower, which will be closed to the public throughout the entire construction process,” he continued. “We recommend that anyone hoping to experience New Hampshire’s famous foliage this fall takes the opportunity to explore other peaks, including at the more than a dozen other fire towers statewide.”

The N.H. Division of Forests and Lands encourages anyone who loves hiking, history and great views to participate in its Tower Quest program. In 2022, 148 people summited five or more of New Hampshire’s 15 state-owned fire towers, earning a certificate of completion along with a Tower Quest water bottle sticker and embroidered patch. More information about the program is available at

Updates about the Mount Belknap and Cardigan Mountain fire tower replacement projects, including notices of when trails will be closed, will be posted on the websites of both the Division of Forests and Lands and the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, as well as on their respective Twitter accounts, @nhdfl and @nhdncr.

New Hampshire's Division of Forests and Lands is part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. NHDFL’s mission is to protect and promote the values provided by trees, forests and natural communities. This mission is accomplished through responsible management of the state’s forested resources; by providing forest resource information and education to the public; and through the protection of these resources for the continuing benefit of the state’s citizens, visitors, and forest industry. Learn more at