Groton Fire Tower


The Groton Fire Tower is a hidden gem located in Groton, Massachusetts. The steel tower stands 68 feet tall at the top of Gibbet Hill. This makes the top of the tower 400 feet above sea level. The tower currently standing at the top of the hill is actually the second tower on the site. The first tower was built in 1941 after the US Forest Service acquired the land. This first tower went into operation on September 15, 1941.

A new tower was needed in the 1950s due to the poor condition of the original. In 1957, the current 68-foot steel tower was erected complete with a 10×10 FT cab. This new tower was far stronger than the original and it was also equipped with the best technology available at the time. The tower remains standing today and is still an active state tower owner and operated by the US Forest Service.

Be sure to also go explore Bancroft’s Castle which is just a few hundred feet from the Groton Fire Tower! 



  • Address: 841 Lowell Road
  • Town: Groton
  • State: Massachusetts
  • GPS: Lat 42.6100727 Lng -71.5578681
  • Parking notes: Cars are not allowed to drive up Gibbet Hill. Instead, visitors must park along Lowell Road in the parking area designated for visitors. This parking area is also used for visitors of Bancroft’s Castle. From the parking area, the fire tower is a quick walk up Gibbet Hill.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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