Talcott Mountain State Park

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Talcott Mountain State Park

Connecticut

(860) 242-1158

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Overview

Talcott Mountain State Park is a park in Hartford County, Connecticut. The beautifully appointed Heublein family dining room awaits hikers at the top of the mountain in the Heublein Tower. Tours of the tower and landscape are available seasonally.

The familiar Farmington River Valley landmark of Heublein Tower sits atop Talcott Mountain, a long, precipitous wooded ledge named after the Talcott family. The 165-foot structure was built as a summer home in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein. In the early fifties, two future presidents were guests of the Hartford Times, then General Dwight D. Eisenhower (who was asked to run for office there) and Ronald Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors' Guild. Following a period of ownership of the property by the Hartford Times during WWII and the early 1950s, it was slated for residential development by a private corporation when the 557 acres of Talcott Mountain came under public ownership in 1965 through the cooperative efforts of private conservationists and state and federal governments.

The 1,000-foot high promontory provides a splendid view of the Connecticut landscape. On the horizon, Mount Monadnock, eighty miles away in New Hampshire, is discernible. To the northwest, the Berkshires dominate the horizon. Long Island Sound is revealed as a thin blue streak to the south. Those with sharp vision can see an area estimated to be 1,200 square miles.

This park is not handicap-accessible. It is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails.

Map of Talcott Mountain (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.830956, -72.793350

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Bird watchers enjoy occasional sightings of the turkey vulture, bald eagle, and pileated woodpecker.

  • Hiking

    The Tower Trail is 1.25 miles long; a walk to the Tower takes approximately 30 - 40 minutes. Also running through the park is a section of the Metacomet Trail, developed and maintained with volunteer assistance by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.

  • Historic Sites

    The beautifully appointed Heublein family dining room awaits hikers at the top of the mountain in the Heublein tower.

  • Picnicking

    Tables, grills and toilets are available for picnickers.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Hikers may encounter a variety of wildlife including deer, fox and rabbits in this natural sanctuary. During May, visitors find wildflowers such as trillium, trout lily, wood anemone, and Dutchman's breeches among the damp, craggy rocks.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. Heublein Tower * May 24 through the end of August - Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. * Labor Day Weekend through October 31 - Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park Partners

Freinds of Connecticut State Parks

The Friends of Connecticut State Parks is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Connecticut's State Parks.

Directions

Driving

From I-91 North or South: take Exit 35B, which is the Bloomfield Route 218 exit. This road is also known as Cottage Grove Road. Follow Cottage Grove Road heading west until you hit Route 185. Follow Route 185 heading for Simsbury. At the top of the hill, the entrance to Talcott Mountain State Park/Heublein Tower will be on your left.

From I-84 East or West: take the Route 44 Exit. Follow Route 44 heading west until you hit the intersection of Route 218. Take a right on Rte 218 and follow north until you hit Route 185 in Simsbury. Take a left on Route 185 heading for Simsbury. At the top of the hill, Talcott Mountain State Park/Heublein Tower is on your left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 242-1158

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