Sharon Fire Tower

Sharon, Massachusetts
The Sharon Fire Tower, aka Moose Hill Fire Tower, is a historic structure atop Moose Hill in Sharon, Massachusetts that has stood since 1917.
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The Sharon Fire Tower, also known as the Moose Hill Fire Tower, is a historic structure atop Moose Hill in Sharon, Massachusetts. Originally built in 1917 on Bluff Head, it was later moved to its present location. The current steel tower was constructed in 1966, standing 68 feet tall and situated at an elevation of 534 feet above sea level.

This active state tower has played a vital role in communication and observation, with several upgrades over the years. In 1938, two-way radios were installed, and in 1945, power and phone lines were added. A weather station joined its features in 1949, and structural improvements included the addition of guy wires in 1956.

The tower’s modernization continued with the construction of a new cab in 1992 and the replacement of stairs and landings in 1998. As of 2000, the state owns the land where the tower stands, securing its place in local history.

Visitors can access the tower via a short but moderately steep hike from the Moose Hill Farm Reservation parking area. The 0.30-mile trail with an elevation gain of about 100 feet offers a quick ascent to the tower. However, dogs are not allowed on the trail to the tower, as it is managed by Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.

While the dense forest surrounding the tower somewhat obscures the once-panoramic views, the Sharon Fire Tower remains a significant and accessible landmark within the Moose Hill Sanctuary. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, a visit to this iconic tower provides a unique and rewarding experience.

It should be noted that the tower is almost always locked and no visitors are allowed to access the tower. It is best admired from behind the security fence.

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Address: 396 Moose Hill St, Sharon, Massachusetts
Place GPS Coordinates: 42.123972, -71.213667
Parking GPS Coordinates: 42.123972, -71.213667
Parking Notes: There are two main parking areas that are close to the Sharon Fire Tower and the trails leading to it. There are lots at the Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and the Moose Hill Farm Reservation. It is best to park at the Moose Hill Farm Reservation because parking is free. The parking area for the reservation can be found at 396 Moose Hill Street in Sharon.

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