At the junction of Routes 318 and 181 in Pleasant Valley, travel east over the bridge and take the first left onto East River Road. The Jessie Gerard Trailhead is 2.4 miles ahead on the right. The yellow-blazed trail leads to two lookouts.
6. Shenipsit State Forest, Somers, Observation Tower
From Somers, take Route 190 east for 1.25 miles to blinking yellow traffic light. Turn right on Gulf Road and drive 2.25 miles to Soap Stone Mountain Road (the first right after Mountain View Road). The road leads to the tower parking lot. The blue-blazed Shenipsit Trail runs by the tower.
7. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Stone Tower
Drive north on Route 10 from Hamden for two miles to Mt. Carmel Avenue. The park's main entrance and parking are .25 miles ahead on the left. A gravel path from the parking lot leads 1.5 miles to Stone Tower. A 360-degree panorama looks south at Long Island and north past Hartford.
8. Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury, Heublein Tower
Travel three miles west from Bloomfield on Route 185 to entrance, just past mountain crest. Park along the road near the trailhead. Hike to the ridge and bear left to the tower. The tower is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for views that take in the Farmington River Valley and, on a clear day, several states.