Welcome to Ferncliff Forest, located on Mt. Rutsen road in Rhinebeck. Come climb the fire tower that is located on top of Mt. Rutsen.
Camping permit applications are available here at the web site. Please click link here or on the menu above.
John Ochs came to Rhinebeck in 1942 with 5 other men from the Army Air Corps to serve on the Ferncliff Observation Tower. They manned the tower 24/7 until the day of President Roosevelt death. John never left Rhinebeck and turned 90 in 2007. Ferncliff Forest's newest tower was constructed in the summer of 2007. The tower, a 1933 International Derrick fire tower made of Carnegie steel was moved from its original site in Orangeburg, South Carolina by Mike Vilegi of Thur The Woods LLC, Of Wilmington, NY. The tower offers spectacular views of the Hudson River, Catskill Mountains and the surrounding area. This wonderful gift which can be enjoyed by everyone is 100% complete, but only 65% funded.
We thank the businesses and individuals who have helped to preserve, improve and maintain our forest in the past and look to you, visitors and friends to support in the future. Visiting Rhinebeck, our # 1 free attraction is Ferncliff Forest. Enjoy your stay!
Secretary / Treasurer / Ranger
H. Knick Staley
David Albahary, Lance Battenfeld, Jeremy Monaco, Deborah Breen,
Greg Tumolo, Emil Lienan
- Staley Real Estate LLC
- Mac's Farm and Garden