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Three hundred 60-degree panoramic views of four states are exposed revealing up to 1,200 square miles on a clear day from Heublein Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park. The Hartford skyline may be seen with Long Island Sound appearing a thin blue streak in the south. Mount Monadnock is visible on the horizon, 80 miles away in New Hampshire. Views of the Farmington River are at its best in the fall season.

The 574-acre state park in Simsbury, Connecticut is home for 165 high Heublein Tower. Smith and Bassette designed the tower in 1914, built to withstand 100 MPH winds due to its exposed position. The tower was built as a summer retreat for industrialist Gilbert F. Heublein in 1914. The tower has been renovated for use as a museum with period artifacts and furnishings.

The tower atop Talcott Mountain at 1950’ elevation is accessible only by walking trail. The parks four dirt trails total 10 miles. The Tower Trail is 1.25 miles in length leading to the peak. The steep trail leads to the tower in 30-40 minutes. The Blue Blazed trail follows Metacomet Trail.

The park has picnicking, and hiking revealing scenic views with restrooms and a picnic shelter. There is no parking fee or entrance fee. Leashed pets are permitted on trails and the picnic area.

Talcott Mountains wooded areas are composed of chestnut oak, red cedar, eastern hemlock a variety of understory grasses and ferns. Bird watchers record sightings of bald eagle, pileated woodpecker, and turkey vulture. Wildlife includes deer, fox and rabbits.

Park Hours
Labor Day to October 31
Open 8:00 AM to sunset
Tower Hours
May 24 to August
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
Route 185
Simsbury, CT 06070

Talcott Mountain is a mountain ridgeline in Farmington, 6 miles west of Hartford. It is 13-mile long and 3 miles at its widest point on trap rock mountain ridge. The steep wooded ledge is named after the Talcott family.

Metacomet Trail is a 62.7-mile trail along Connecticut’s Metacomet Ridge. The southern end is east of the Hanging Hills on US 5, the northern end in the hamlet of Rising Corner. Just north of Talcott Mountain State Park is a 787-acre Penwood State Park. It has hiking trails, and picnic areas.

Simsbury is a town with a population of 223,511 at 233’ elevation. It was named on the list of top places to live in the state by Connecticut Magazine in 2013. An Algonquian tribe of Wappinger Indians originally inhabited the area.

Talcott Mountain State Park is a 5 hour drive of 321 miles from Rochester NY, gasoline costing $32. Drive i-90 east past Albany into Massachusetts towards Springfield. At Westfield drive exit 3 to route 202 south into Connecticut on route 10 to Simsbury. Follow signs to Talcott Mountain State Park.

Here is one review of their visit to Talcott Mountain State Park.
“Without a doubt, this hike has some of the best views in all of CT.”

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