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“Lovely views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Talcott Mountain State Park

Talcott Mountain State Park
Rte. 185, Simsbury, CT
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Simsbury
Type: Parks, Trails
Activities: Biking
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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228 reviews 228 reviews
54 attraction reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
“Lovely views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Well worth the hike to see the views. The Heublein tower is great too. There are a variety of hikes to choose from, some more challenging than others.

Visited July 2013
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Agawam, Massachusetts
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Lovely hike rewards with a wonderful panoramic view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This hike is one of my favorites. As I'm not in the best shape, I'm ashamed to admit that I find this hike a bit of a challenge compared to some of the other reviewers. However, there are many opportunities to rest on a well placed benches as you make your way up the gravel path. There is also an alternate trail running along the ridge that offers spectacular views as you make your way to Heublein Tower. (As there are no guardrails or barriers, and I'd prefer not to read a headline reading "Fat Rump Flies Off Mountain," I choose the main trail while my husband flirts with certain death on the ridge trail. These trails run very close to one another, and we were always within eyesight of one another despite him trying to lose me in the brush. However, once you reach the summitt, you are greeted by the wonderful Heublein Tower. Thankfully, your destination features a lovely picnic area, restrooms, and a Snapple machine!!! If your hike coincides with the Tower being open, you will be met by lovely rangers who are happy to answer any questions, but it a mainly a self-guided tour featuring the tower's place in history as an industry magnate's family home and a party destination for the rich & famous. Pretty entertaining for history buffs, and a great way to stall and catch your breath before tackling the flights of stairs leading to the top of tower. However, it's well worth it as you will be treated to the most fantastic panoramic view of the area. (Bonus points for the signs that indicate important points of interest in every direction.) I have visited the Tower in the spring, summer & autumn, and each season offers its own gem. Don't miss it!!!

Visited October 2013
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New Britain, CT, United States
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“Great view of fall foliage”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Loved our hike to see the fall colors of Connecticut. Google and other map sites gave us odd directions and led us to a few private roads/dead ends, but we managed to find the start. Google "Summit Ridge Rd," which is the road that leads you to the trailhead (off Rt 185/Hartford Rd in Simsbury). Parking is on the side of the road and limited. It took us about 45 min up, 30 min down. We enjoyed the view and should have packed a lunch to eat at the top.

Visited October 2013
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Yahel, Israel
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice short hike, great view from the top”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The summer residence of an early 20th century New England industrialist has been preserved as a historical and natural history site. There's a guide at the Heublein Tower who can explain the history of the place. It's a thirty-minute moderate uphill climb, well worth the effort in good weather.

Visited September 2013
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Paved Parking Lot, Free Hiking Area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

There are 3 trails but no pamphlets to guide you. The blue and red trails are not well marked and are better hiking trails. The yellow trail is a 1 1/4 mile gravel driveway, for hikers only, so you can bring dogs on a leash, children in strollers or a bicycle. Up top is the Heublein Tower that asks for donations, not required, with 130 stairs to the top of the enclosed tower. Most of Heublein's home is closed to the public. Outhouses at the base and summit. Picnic tables also at the summit with lots of lookouts for picture taking. On a clear day you can see Massachusetts. If you not tired and have time go across the street and hike up the next mountain for more views.

Visited September 2013
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