CT: Litchfield County- Norfolk, Haystack Mountain State Park

As noted in Wiki, Haystack Mountain is a 1,716-foot-high mountain topped with an observation tower that is the chief features of Haystack Mountain State Park, a public recreation area in the town of Norfolk, Connecticut

Soon after you enter the grounds, there is a small picturesque lake with a picnic table on either side. It’s worth a pause for a photo op before you continue the drive (or hike) up otherwise easily overlooked.

Be Present Gift of the Day

You can drive only a 1/2 mile from the tower if choose. It is a short walk to the vista but you should be sure footed to navigate the rocks and associated climb. You can easily accomplish however two legged (meaning it’s not a rock scramble where you need your arms as well).

A climb to the top introduces you to 360 views of the valley and mountains beyond. A great hike to take in the Fall.

I would recommend coupling this day with a bite at Woodcreek Bar & Grill in Norfolk and a drive over to Campbell Falls (see related blogs).

Below is a link which provides further insight to the park as well as noting that the tower was added to the National Historic Landmark registry in 1993. For your convenience I also added a trail map.

This day in CT State Parks History

On November 23, 1929, the State Park Commission completed construction of the memorial stone tower atop Haystack Mountain State Park in Norfolk. The tower, a memorial paid for by Mrs. Stoeckel to her father and husband, is a stone structure 50 feet in height and offers an observation platform from which one of the best views in the state may be obtained.

Trail Map

Haystack Mountain

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Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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