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Hiking to the tower on Soapstone Mountain, at the Shenipsit State Forest, Somers

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Soapstone Mountain, at the Shenipsit State Forest, Somers CT

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Along the way to the top many CCC picnic benches appear and eventually you will cross through the parking lot. There is a well worn trail directly to the left and right of the Cell phone tower. But there is also the path along the fence. All of which lead directly to the northwest side of the mountain where the fire tower provides visitors with an incredible view of the Connecticut Valley, Springfield Valley and the mountains north, all the way to Vermont and New Hampshire.

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The peaks of some can be seen with a zoom lens on a camera or with binoculars. When on the tower look directly north through the peaks of the smaller mountains and you will see what rises up is a grey and dark mountain that is in New Hampshire over 60 miles away.

This tower were originally created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). A government sponsored work program of the 1930’s for men 17-24; where they were paid $1.00 a day to clear the forest, build roadways and create parks out of land donated to or owned by the state and federal government.

Find out more about the CCC and the details of this great park at DEEP Shenipsit State Forest. For the best directions use the map or go to the state website for DEEP directions.

Don’t forget to check out the great photos from the tower and the roadway that were taken recently. For more great trails like this try reading the Connecticut trail guide, 2012.

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