Haystack Mountain Lookout Tower
Stone Tower (34 feet) on Haystack Mountain summit (1716 feet)
(For more on the hike up and the state park, Go here.)
The tower is built from gneiss quarried from the mountain itself and this thing will outlast humans. It’s thick and it’s solid. I climbed to the top and peered out the smallish open spaces in awe. A true 360 degree view is impossible due to the structure itself, but no matter, I stared off to the west following the bumps of the Connecticut Berkshires north as far as the eye could see. Lion’s Head, Bear Mountain, Round Mountain, Mt. Frissell, Race Mountain, Mt Everett, on and on.
October is the only month during which the park’s one road is open to car traffic. Throughout the eleven other months, one must either hike up the road (maybe about a mile) or better yet, hike up the trail all the way from Route 272. It’s not a brutal hike by any means as it’s pretty graded most of the way.
(I want to mention the nearby Dennis Hill State Park. There’s a pavilion on top but no tower and I thought it was worth noting, as it’s beautiful. Check it out here.)