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.
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... More
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... More
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.
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... More
It's a great activity in nice weather, its free and the views are spectacular. Why wouldn't you go? Wear sturdy shoes, pace yourself and bring a donation for the tower. You won't regret it!
Heublein Tower is the focal point of this park, and is accessible via a nice trail that goes up and then along a ridgeline for at most a mile. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk it. The tower was built back in the 10302, I think, by a liquor manufacturer as his summer home. You can tour the... More
This site is always a nice outing. The first 1/2 mile or so is a steep uphill but the views from the cliff are well worth it. The rest of the trail is relatively level and has frequent views through the trees. The Heublein home and tower, when open, afford a bit of history and 360 degree views. Round trip... More
The one-plus mile walk to the tower is well worth the hike. The view from the top of the hill is great, but the 360 view from the tower is fabulous (on a clear day). Not to be done in high heels or with a baby stroller! I've hiked here many times over 45 years and the hike gets more... More
This is an excellent way to spend an afternoon outside. The hike to the ridgeline is not too strenuous and well worth it. The views are incredible. If you hike just a bit further along the ridge trail, you will end up at the 165 Heublein Tower. Climbing to the top of the tower offers one a 360 degree view... More
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