Mount Tom State Park - Hiking

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Summary

Any and all skill levels will enjoy this 1.1-mile loop along the Mount Tom Mountain Range for its success in delivering some of the best views of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York around.

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Kelly Smith

Distance

1.1 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

32.2 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

0 hours

About 30 minutes for the hike, then however long you want to spend at the tower.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Pets are allowed on leash at picnic areas and on hiking trails, but are not allowed on the beach.

Fees Permits

Yes

There is a fee for using the park in-season. Weekdays $6 for in-state vehicles, $10/ out-of state; weekends and holidays $9/ in-state and $15/out-of-state.

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Mount Tom State Park Map

Land Website

Mount Tom State Park

Review

Intro

Any and all skill levels will enjoy this 1.1-mile loop along the Mount Tom Mountain Range for its success in delivering some of the best views of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York around. 

What Makes It Great

Even on a cloudy day, the 360-degree view of Connecticut, Mount Everett in Massachusetts and the Catskills of New York is spectacular. On the clearest of days with a good pair of binoculars, parts of Long Island can be seen from this castle-top. 

After you take in views from the tower, head back down to the swimming and picnic area for a dip in Mount Tom Pond. It’s a moderately sized beach with plenty of room for sandcastles and stretching out. In the summer, you’ll hear the chatter of the campers across the pond spending their summer at Camp Chinqueka. Convenient changing rooms and bathrooms are also available on site.

Who is Going to Love It

The whole family can make it up this mild hike with the proper water and snack provisions, but it’s also a lovely trip for the most experienced of travelers. Follow the Yellow Trail from the parking lot south of the main entrance up to the 34-foot tall observation tower. Though the way there is entirely uphill, it’s not necessarily too steep or challenging, but be sure to pay attention to the yellow blazes. There are a few moments of washout in the trail depending on the season, but there are obvious bypasses that quickly reconnect you to the main trail. After a short hike up, the castle, which was originally built in 1922, awaits you. Watch your head as you climb the wooden steps up three flights to the roofthe ceiling is low and over eager climbers may get a swift bump to the head. Please note that at the top of the peak, there are several, unmarked offshoots of the trail. Be careful to follow the yellow blaze back down and keep an eye on children once you summit.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Check out the park's website for detailed driving directions.

The park is open every day from 8 am to sunset.

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