Near Old Forge, Stillwater Mountain is located at the westernmost periphery of the Park. The fire tower was recently renovated and reopened in July 2016, and as a result is in great shape. There are gorgeous views both from the summit and the fire tower, but if you go, make sure not to go between the second Tuesday of October and December 20th -- the trail and fire tower are both closed during that time to accommodate hunting on the land.
|1.9 miles round-trip
A quick and enjoyable hike, the current hiking trail up Stillwater is a new trail, cut when the fire tower was being rebuilt. The trail ascends the mountain at an easy grade throughout and connects with the original trail shortly before the summit of the peak. From the top, you can take in the view of the High Peaks far off to the east and Tug Hill Plateau nearer by to the west.
Coming from Old Forge, once you hit Eagle Bay, you will turn left on Stillwater/Big Moose Road. Follow the road for approximately 8 miles until you reach the trailhead.