If you want to view fall foliage from above, but don't have the cash or courage to hop in a hot air balloon, hike up to the Heublein Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park. Getting There: From Bloomfield, take Route 185W (3 miles) to entrance sign on left after mountain crest. Park along the road near the trailhead. Hike to ridge, then left to the restored Heublein tower. View from tower is over the Farmington River Valley. Another nearby alternative is located at Penwood State Park (entrance is on left 500 feet east from Talcott Mountain entrance). From the parking lot, a hike up the gated road loops to an escarpment overlook.
TIA ANN CHAPMAN, HARTFORD COURANT