The Mendota fire tower lies atop the Clinch Mountain on the Russell / Washington County line, and is a popular destination for hikers and bird watchers. The scenic gravel road winds to the trail head parking area at the top of the mountain. There are two routes to the tower, one a short but steep hike of about 1/4 mile. The other route is an old service road, also approximately 1/4 mile, but more moderate in difficulty.

Fire tower

Fire tower

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http://www.nhlr.org/lookouts/Lookout.aspx?id=1135

Directions: From Hansonville, take Rt 58 to Rt 613. Turn left onto Rt 612 and drive to the top of the mountain. Parking area will be on the right. Trail head is on the left.