Mount Prospect and Raccoon Hill via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Mount Prospect and Raccoon Hill via Appalachian Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Falls Village, Connecticut that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1709 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

No matter how many hikes you’ve done in the area, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever done one quite like Rand’s View. Most of the hike is standard enough, following the Appalachian Trail over moderate inclines. You’ll climb past the decent view atop Mt. Prospect, which might serve as its own a destination on a normal hike. But then you come down the other side of the mountain and emerge from dense woods into this crazy, enormous meadow that seems like it shoudn’t exist at all. The low grass stretches on and on, leading to a panoramic view of the Berkshires beyond. A perfect place to enjoy a romp, a picnic or both.

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4 months ago

This is a great hike, from Great Falls on up. Rand's View is one of the most beautiful spots on the CT section of the AT!

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9 months ago

Monday, October 17, 2016

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Beautiful falls! Have to see! Trail well traveled up to top of Mt Prospect. Limited views but views nonetheless. Tried to extend my walk to Raccoon Hills but found the trail heading downward and my legs tired out and knew I had to go back down Mt Prospect to where I started.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Unquestionably one of the best views in CT. Park down by the Great Falls at Falls Village and take the Appalachian Trail up. Rand's view is roughly 3 miles from there. Little bit tough going up Prospect Mountain, but at the top there is a cool view of Canaan Mountain. Just go a little bit farther until you reach a meadow that just doesn't belong in the Connecticut Countryside. Highly recommend it for anyone!