Description - *This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*
This park is a "walk-in" facility with limited parking available at the entrance. On weekends during the month of October the interior road is open to vehicles.
The 34 foot high stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain (1716 feet above sea level) allows visitors to see Long Island Sound, the Berkshires, and peaks in Massachusetts and New York.
A roadway provides access halfway up the mountain. Prominent along the road is a spectacle of foliage in the fall and an outstanding show of mountain laurel in June. From the end of the road there is a rugged half-mile trail to the top. Allow about half an hour for this walk if you are not a seasoned hiker.
- The park boasts a 34 foot high stone tower at the summit of Haystack Mountain (1716 feet above sea level.
Recreation - Hiking-
Lush forests provide for ample hiking oppurtunities. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails.
The park contains a large picnick area with tables.
A 34 foot high stone tower serves as an excellent wildlife and scenery viewing station.
Climate - The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.
From the North – Great Barrington or Pittsfield, MA: travel south on Route 7 into Canaan and take a left heading east on Route 44, then take a left onto Route 272 north. The park will be on the left.
From the South – Greater Danbury area: travel north on Route 7 into Canaan and take a right heading east on Route 44, then take a left onto Route 272 north. The park will be on the left.
From the East – Hartford area: travel west on I-84, take Exit 39. Continue west on Route 4 onto Route 179 going north. From Route 179 get on Route 44. Take a right onto Route 272 north. The park will be on the left.