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Mount Tom State Park

Mount Tom State Park
Connecticut state park
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Litchfield
Town Litchfield
Elevation 981 ft (299 m) [1]
Coordinates 41|33|N|73|16|46|W|type:landmark_region:US-CT name=

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Established 1915
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location of Mount Tom State Park in Connecticut

Mount Tom State Park is a state park covering parts of the towns of Litchfield, Washington, and Morris, Connecticut. The park's recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and picnicking. The main entrance is on Old Town Road south of its intersection with US Route 202.

History

Mount Tom State Park, which is one of the oldest parks in the Connecticut state park system,[2] is named for the mountain within its boundaries.

Activities and amenities

  • Hiking: Mount Tom State Park has one hiking trail that runs in a loop. The trail is blazed yellow. It starts at a small parking area, and continues for 0.42 miles (0.68 km) before intersecting with the other part of the trail. The two parts of the trail continue as one for another 0.14 miles (0.23 km), before splitting apart again 0.42 miles (0.68 km) before the summit of Mount Tom, at 1,325 feet (404 m) above sea level [2] and the lookout tower. The whole loop is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km), with a 500-foot (150 m) elevation gain. The lookout tower at the top is open to the public and can be climbed to see the view from the top.

Geology

The metamorphic rocks gneiss and schist can be found on the main trail. The minerals quartz, garnet and hornblende can also be found in the park.[3]

References

External links

  • Mount Tom State Park Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • 2001 Mount Tom State Park Trail Map Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
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