Heublein Tower is located on Talcott Mountain. The tower was built by Glibert F. Heublein as a summer retreat for his family in 1914. The tower over looks the Hartford skyline and the Farmington River Valley.
Entrance to the park is located across the street from Penwood State Park off of Route 185 in Simsbury. There is plenty of parking, paved and some unpaved areas. The tower is only accessible by foot and open Memorial day to Labor day.
Unfortunately I have never been able to experience the tower views, I have walked up the mountain a few times. The hike consists of a steep incline up the mountain. The path is gravel, so sneakers are ok attire to trek up. There are plenty of sitting areas for people who need a rest or just want to enjoy the scenery along the way. Once you reach the top of the tree line it is a much less incline to reach the tower. The hike is short, so depending on your speed you can do this within an hour or two.
The day I climbed the mountain, I arrived a little after 10am and was surprised at the amount of people I saw. There were many families with kids and many dogs were on the trail on leashes.
Picnic tables, restrooms and depending on the time of year a gift shop is open. The view at the base of the tower is very nice on a clear day. I am eager to make another hike to the top of the tower in the next few weeks!
Riley’s Reality Review:
Heublein Tower Hike
across from Penwood State Park on Route 185 in Simsbury, CT
Friends of Heublein Tower
Cost- Free to $10
Parking- Free Parking
Atmosphere- Quiet Atmosphere
Left happy and welcoming another opportunity to return
Casual dress attire, hiking boots help in the gravel paths but not necessary