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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Litchfield County find: Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield

There aren't many places I've been to where there's an easy trail that leads to one of the best lookouts in the Litchfield area, but Mount Tom certainly is one.


That's the view a half mile hike and a few stairs to the top of the tower gives you once you've reached the summit. On clear days, you're able to see Massachusetts' Mount Everett and the Catskills, while others have said they're able to see Long Island Sound.

The main attraction, however, is the observation tower at the summit. Originally made of wood around 1888, it eventually was replaced by a 34 foot tall stone tower made from local black gneiss in 1921. 


Once inside the tower, you'll find that it can be a bit claustrophobic especially when visiting with larger groups. Another drawback are the steep set of stairs and small opening at the top of the tower, which could potentially cause issues for those with moore serious mobility issues.





Despite that, however, it's one of the beest places to visit in the area. If you're ever in Litchfield, make sure to spend a few hours here.

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