Hike to the Heublien Tower at Talcott Mountain State Park
This Fall has proven to be one thing: rainy. Actually, maybe three things: rainy, now snowy, and lacking color! As a native New Englander, I know full well what a brilliant Autumn season has to offer. The bursts of orange and yellow that line Connecticut back roads. The crunch of dry leaves and, of course, the smell! I might never be able to describe the smell – but at some point, it just smells like Fall. And then there is always that orange-y, yellow, red-ish, peachy, I can’t quite describe it – tree, that seems to last for a short time but puts all the other foliage to shame! To shame!
In my quest to find the foliage, I headed to Talcott Mountain State Park to hike the Heublein Tower Trail. Although you can reach the tower by hiking the Metacomet Trail from Reservoir #6 (off of Rt. 44), I opted for the more direct route off of Route 185. For anyone who has ever driven in or around Avon Mountain – you have probably seen the Heublein – pronounced Who Bline – Tower. It is visible from almost all sides of the mountain and looks almost like a water tower or maybe an observatory. Au Contraire! After a 1.2 mile heart-pumping hike up the gravel trail, I reached the top to discover that this tower was not just a tower. It was the summer residence of Gilbert F. Hueblein, a German-born hotelier and restaurateur in Hartford back in the early 1900’s. A grand sight to be seen! May through October you can tour the residence and take in a bit of history. Not only is the residence something to behold, but also the views! Pack a lunch and spend some time at the top.
Despite the lack of Fall color, it proved to be well worth the trip.
More photos & a Day Trip Itinerary for Heublien Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park below.
DAY TRIP ITINERARY: Autumn Hike to the Heublein Tower, Talcott Mountain State Park
Each day trip itinerary includes the main event, plus suggestions — with names, addresses and maps — of places to eat, shop, or “notable neighbors” to check out while you’re in the area. There is baked-in flexibility to mix and match, or follow the itinerary to the letter. If you have suggestions, lemme know!
Recommended: Pack a lunch and some water and head to the top of the trail where you can sit under the pavilion and take in some breathtaking views. If you’re feeling inspired, venture inside to the top of the tower. (May through October)
Recommended: Any of their made-to-order sandwiches with their homemade Indian Grain bread
Recommended: Trio of Bruchettas and a glass of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Capestrano, Abruzzi, Italy
OTHER DINING OPTIONS
Head for home and whip up a hearty turkey chili and kick up your feet after a day in the great outdoors!
WHAT TO WEAR
Comfortable, athletic clothing and a comfy pair of sneakers or a good pair of hiking boots. Water bottle. Camera. Backpack optional.7