2. Talcott Mountain State Park is located in rural Simsbury,
CT. The park offers hiking, picnicking, and, of course, is
home to the historic Heublein tower that overlooks the
Farmington River Valley.
3. The hike up Talcott Mountain to the Tower is about 1.25
miles long and typically takes 30-40 minutes. Guests are
welcome to bring dogs, food, and walking sticks, but
should remember to take out what they take in to the park.
4. Tree trunks are marked with yellow paint along the main
trail to keep hikers on their way to the Tower. A variety of
wildlife may be spotted along the way, including deer, fox
5. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy the dense foliage, especially in
the fall and spring. The trees are home to a large array of
species, including the occasional turkey vulture, bald
eagle, or pileated woodpecker sighting.
6. Atop the mountain, miles of Connecticut landscape can be
observed. On the clearest days, hikers may see all the way
north to Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH, or down south
to the thin strip of blue that is the Long Island Sound.
7. Continuing down the path along the top of Talcott
Mountain, guests will find the entrance to the Heublein
Tower. The structure was built as a summer home by
Gilbert Heublein in 1914.
8. The 165-foot tower is now a museum open to the public. It
is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
weekend. Guests can see the various rooms of the home
and enjoy the gift shop on the bottom floor.
9. The observation deck on the top floor of the Tower offers
views to the north, south, east and west. Helpful signs
inform guests what landmarks to look for on each side.
10. All information (including hours, facilities, directions and
more) on Talcott Mountain State Park and Heublein Tower
can be found online.
Get out there and enjoy nature; visit Talcott today!
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