Summary: Located near Austerlitz, Beebe Hill rises only 300 feet above the surrounding area. If you climb its fire tower though, you will be rewarded with great views.
Begin by walking SW along the gravel road at the end of the pond. You can walk all the way to the top of the hill on this road. Instead though, take the foot trail that begins shortly on the right and which is a much more enjoyable walk. The trail, marked with red discs, passes through a mostly hard wood forest and climbs gradually to the top of the hill.
After the sign-in register, you will cross a small creek on a foot bridge. You pass the "Chance of Thunder Lean-Too" and then a small pond (Opal Pond). Soon you are at the top of the hill.
If you are not afraid of heights, climb the fire tower and enjoy the magnificient views. The Catskill mountains are clearly visible to the south. Return by the same trail.
Trailhead: Take NY Rte 90 East to Exit B3. Continue on NY Rte 22 South for 2 miles.
Turn right onto Middle Rd. After 1.5 miles, bear left on Fog Hill Rd. Turn left onto County Route 5 (Osmer Rd). Make quick right onto woods road at north end of Barrett Pond. Park on side of road just past the pond's outlet.
Trail Guides for Beebe Hill:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Region 4 Forest Ranger (518) 828-0236
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by AJ on 10/17/2012
Our 10 year old son lost his buck knife in the parking area for this hike on Saturday 10/13. If you find it please respond to our cragslist albany lost and found entry. My family enjoyed the hike and loved the views from the fire tower. Our 2 year old could hike most of it himself.
Reviewed by Paul on 9/12/2012
We hike and horseback ride there all the time. It's a pretty area and the fire tower is pretty cool though i get nervous when my little kids climb it. They pond has pretty good fishing as well. Our scout troop has also done a couple of snowshoe hikes there under the full moon in the winter. We make a small fire at the top and have snacks sing some songs and then hikes back down. Nice short hike.
Reviewed by CT on 7/8/2012
Good summer hike, was a bit overgrown along parts of the trail but a fairly easy up and down walk in the shade. For the view you must go up the fire tower as there is alot of tree coverage at the top of the hill, but you only need to go about half way up the tower to be above the tree line see your surroundings. Don and CJ have the best directions on the bottom of this page, make sure you take a left turn when the gravel road ends and you meet county rt 5. The parking lot is about 100 yards up on the right (hidden).
Reviewed by Steve on 5/27/2012
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Reviewed by dan on 1/1/2012
the fie towwer is must
Reviewed by E. Harvey on 11/28/2011
11/28/11 - Good hike for late fall, almost winter! Little steep at first for someone who hasn't been out and about lately (me), but by no means a hard hike. There were only a few others people around, lean-to was occupied. Views even on the mediocre day (mostly cloudy) I was up there were awesome. Will be uploading videos and photos soon to my website www.rualamericanimages.com do want to go back and also want to hike Harvey Mountain.
Reviewed by Deb on 5/8/2011
CJ has the best directions Make sure you come to the end of the dirt road and turn left onto the paved road. Take First right turn and you'll see the trail head. Great day hike. Will return again
Reviewed by Ed on 2/5/2011
Great winter hike. Only steep for a little bit. Feels like you're on top of the world on top of the fire tower! Easier way to go is Exit B3, Rt 22 South, then sharp right at the Austerlitz sign, then a couple of miles down on the left.
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