Mount Tom State Park

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Coordinates: 41°41′33″N 73°16′46″W / 41.69250°N 73.27944°W / 41.69250; -73.27944
Mount Tom State Park
Connecticut State Park
2013-06-22 Mt. Tom State Park (37).JPG
Mount Tom Tower
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Litchfield
Towns Litchfield, Washington, Morris
Elevation 981 ft (299 m) [1]
Prominence 1,289 ft (393 m) [2]
Coordinates 41°41′33″N 73°16′46″W / 41.69250°N 73.27944°W / 41.69250; -73.27944
Area 231 acres (93 ha) [3]
Established 1915
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Mount Tom State Park
Mount Tom Tower
Location Mount Tom Park, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Built 1921
Architect Alfred M. Turner[4]
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals/ Jacobean Revival[4]
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 93001247
Added to NRHP December 12, 1993

Mount Tom State Park is a Connecticut state park covering parts of the towns of Litchfield, Washington, and Morris. The park is one of the oldest in the Connecticut state park system and is named for the mountain within its boundaries.[5] 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.

Geology[edit]

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.[6]

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • 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[5] and the lookout tower. The whole loop is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km), with a 500-foot (150 m) elevation gain.
  • Lookout tower: The historic Mount Tom Tower stands 34 feet (10 m) high and was completed in 1921.[4] The lookout tower is open to the public and can be climbed to see the view from the top.[7]
  • Pond: Fishing, swimming, and non-motorized boating take place on Mount Tom Pond, a 56-acre (23 ha) pond that abuts the park grounds.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Tom State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Mount Tom". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee (January 23, 2014). "State Parks and Forests: Funding". Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. p. A-2. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "NHRP Registration Form: Mount Tom Tower". National Park Service. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Mount Tom State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Geology of Mount Tom State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NHRP Registration Form: Mount Tom Tower (photos)". National Park Service. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mount Tom Pond". Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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