Hiking: The Metacomet Trail, named after a local Native American chief, runs from Meriden CT to Lake Sunapee NH, including the entire length of Simsbury. The views from this ridge line trail are spectacular, especially from Heublein Tower, which was built in the 1914 by a local industry magnate (a liquor distiller) as a summer home. Tours of the tower are free. On warm summer days with mild breezes you may be see hang-gliders taking off from the cliffs near Heublein Tower and riding the thermals. To get to Heublein Tower, take Route 185 to the park entrance, Park along the road near the trailhead. Hike to the ridge and bear left to the tower. For maps and information on hiking the Metacomet trail, contact: the CT Forest & Park Association; (860) 346-2372, www.ctwoodlands.org .
There are numerous other hiking trails in Simsbury, which are all listed in the Simsbury Walk Book, which can be downloaded from www.simsburylandtrust.org . You can also call Simsbury Land Trust to order a paper copy of the Walk Book, 860-651-8773.
The see the Simsbury Land Trust Trail Guide, click here.