united states forest serviceSponsored by: White Mountain National Forest

Join us on the Smarts Mountain Fire Lookout Tower project for stunning views and the opportunity to preserve a piece of American history!

Session Dates:

Session 1: Sunday, June 5 Friday, June 10

*Please plan to meet at the trailhead at 3:30pm on Sunday, June 5th for a two mile hike to the project. Work will begin at 8:00am on Monday, June 6th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Friday, June 10th.

Session 2: Sunday, June 12 Friday, June 17

*Please plan to meet at the trailhead at 3:30pm on Sunday, June 12th for a two mile hike to the project. Work will begin at 8:00am on Monday, June 13th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Friday, June 17th.

Scope of Work:

The rehabilitation of Smarts Mountain Lookout Tower and Cabin will include:

  • Smarts Mountain Fire Lookout Tower
    • Repairing and replacing stair treads and landings
    •  Removing non-historic metal tablework and attached mountings
    •  Rehabilitating the 7ft x 7ft cab including windows and door hatch
    • Installing a lightening protection system
  • Smarts Mountain Cabin
    •  Making minor foundation repairs
    •  Repairing and repainting the siding
    •  Rehabilitating the windows and doors


Smarts Mountain went into service in 1915. It was created for lookouts to locate fires in the area. Topographic maps werent available in the early 1900s and the lookouts depended on highway maps, drawings, and their own local knowledge. Over the years, Smarts Mountain was operated by a range of organizations including the Dartmouth Outing Club and U.S. Forest Service. Come out to volunteer and help HistoriCorps celebrate the lookouts who have watched from Smarts in the past. You will be joining a long line of individuals who have helped preserve Smarts Mountain Fire Lookout Tower over the years. For a great explanation of the history of Smarts Mountain Fire Lookout Tower by New Hampshire Fire Lookout Historian Iris W. Baird, click here.

Project Location:

Smarts Mountain Fire Lookout Tower is located within the White Mountains of New Hampshire, near the Appalachian trail.

GPS Coordinates

Project Logistics:

The Smarts Mountain Fire Lookout Tower project is logistically and physically more demanding and complicated than most HistoriCorps projects. Project participants should be prepared to hike and work in the backcountry. Additionally, project participants need to be physically fit and steady-footed. 

Accommodations, meals, attire and travel:

  • Volunteers will be provided with a free, backcountry campsite. An outhouse will be available onsite.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing and hiking in their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • The work day will last from 8:00am 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.

Age Requirements:

14 years old and above

Volunteers Needed:

4 volunteers per session