The state tourism office recommends these lookouts for some of the best foliage views in New England:
Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent: The overlook from white-blazedCobble Mountain Trail has views across the Harlem Valley to the Taconic andCatskill Mountains. From Kent Center, take Route 341 west for approximately 2miles. Take first right onto Macedonia Brook Road, which takes you into thepark. (Bear left at the fork.) Office and parking lot are located 1 mile insidethe park. Trail maps are available.
Mohawk State Forest, Cornwall: Scenic vistas from a lookout tower tothe north and west include the Catskill, Taconic and Berkshire ranges. Both theMattatuck and Mohawk trails (blue-blazed) cross the site. Take Route 4 west fromTorrington, 14 miles to the forest entrance at Toumey Road, on left. Take roadto 'T' intersection and turn right onto Mohawk Mountain Road. The lookouttower is at the end.
Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown: This forest contains the Mt. MiseryOverlook and miles of roads and hiking trails. From Voluntown take Route 49north for six miles to the forest entrance on the left. Go west for two milesand bear left at forks to parking area. Take woods access road on left tooverlook.
Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted: There are two lookouts alongthe yellow-blazed Jesse Gerard Trail. From the junction of routes 318 and 181 inthe Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted, go east over bridge then take firstleft onto East River Road. The Jesse Gerard trailhead is 2.4 miles on the right.A recreation area is opposite the trailhead.
Shenipsit State Forest, Somers: The blue-blazed Shenipsit Trail runsby an observation tower on Soapstone Mountain that provides wonderful views oflandscapes near and far. From Somers, take Route 190 east to a blinking yellowlight and turn right onto Gulf Road. Follow it for 2.25 miles to the next rightafter Mountain View Road, which is Soapstone Mountain Road. Take the road to thetower parking lot.
Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden: From the stone tower in the parkyou get a 360-degree panorama south to Long Island and north past Hartford. Thepark has an extensive trail system for all levels of hiking ability. To reachthe tower from Hamden, take Route 10 north to Mount Carmel Avenue and turnright. The main entrance to the park will be about a quarter-mile on the left.From the parking lot, take a gravel path 1.5 miles to the stone tower.
Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury: The Heublein Tower offersstriking views over the Farmington River Valley. From Bloomfield. Take Route 185west from Bloomfield to the entrance sign on the left after the mountain'screst. Park along the trailhead and follow the trail to the top of the ridge,then left to the tower. For a nearby alternative, visit Penwood State Park - itsentrance is 500 feet east on the Talcott Mountain entrance - and hike from theparking lot up the gated road to an escarpment overlook.
Mt. Tom State Park, Litchfield: A stone tower 1, 325 feet above sealevel can be reached by hiking a one-mile trail off Route 202. From the south, followRoute 118 into Litchfield, then pick up Route 202. When you see a lake on theleft, look for park signs.
Dennis Hill State Park, Norfolk: A summit pavilion located 1, 627 feetabove sea level provides views of New Hampshire, Vermont's Green Mountains,and more. The drive to the summit is open weekends only from October 4 throughOctober 26. Located off Route 272.
Goodwin Conservation Center, Hampton: View autumn colors reflected inthe water of Pine Acres Pond from the center's wildlife-watching platform. TheCenter is located on Route 6 in Hampton, 3.0 miles east of the intersection withRoute 198 and 1.4 miles west of the intersection with Route 97.