Haystack Mountain State Park

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Haystack Mountain State Park

Connecticut

(860) 482-1817

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Things To Do

Overview

With a peak that sits 1,716 feet above sea level, Haystack Mountain State Park offers breathtaking views of Long Island Sound, the Berkshires, and peaks in Massachusetts and New York. The park road takes visitors two-thirds of the way to the top of the mountain, but the remaining half-mile must be hiked on foot. The uphill walk quickly delivers its reward, though, as visitors arrive at the summit to take in spectacular views. A 34-foot high gray stone observation tower is situated here, constructed of rock quarried from the mountain as part of a Works Projects Administration project during the Great Depression. Stone steps lead into the tower and a wooden ladder brings explorers to the top level. During the fall, an expanse of colorful foliage strikes the landscape, while the summer months provide a spectacular display of mountain laurel. Mountain bikers are attracted to the steep terrain of this park, and picnickers relish the dramatic vistas while enjoying a pleasant meal. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails.

Map of Haystack Mountain (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.008585, -73.205251

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    A roadway provides access halfway up the mountain. Prominent along the road is a spectacle of foliage in the fall and an outstanding show of mountain laurel in June.

  • Hiking

    From the end of the road there is a rugged half-mile trail to the top. Allow about half an hour for this walk if you are not a seasoned hiker.

  • Historic Sites

    The 34 foot high stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain (1716 feet above sea level) allows visitors to see Long Island Sound, the Berkshires, and peaks in Massachusetts and New York.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and pit toilets are available.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Directions

Driving

From the North - Great Barrington or Pittsfield, MA: Travel south on Route 7 into Canaan. Take a left heading east on Route 44, then take a left onto Route 272 north. The park will be on the left. From the South - Greater Danbury area: Travel north on Route 7 into Canaan. Take a right heading east on Route 44, then take a left onto Route 272 north. The park will be on the left. Greater Waterbury area: Travel north on Route 8. Merge onto Route 44, then take a right onto Route 272 north. The park will be on the left. From the East - Hartford area: Travel west on I-84 and take exit 39. Continue west on Route 4 onto Route 179 going north. From Route 179 get on Route 44, then take a right onto Route 272 north. The park will be on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 482-1817

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