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How anybody got a hang glider up to Hang Glider View is beyond me. Situated way up high along a ridge top on the Appalachian Trail, deep within a tall hardwood forest, the climb up to the old hang glider ramp couldn't have been easy. But I will admit that the western views of upper Litchfield County would've easily inspired the effort it took for a magnificat flight back to valley far below. The hang glider days are long gone but the views are as good as ever so you'll want to get up there, take it all in, and imagine yourself taking a leap of faith and flying off the mountain.
Hang Glider View is a spot nestled along the Appalachian Trail in Falls Village, CT. Sitting on high the western views here are classic southern New England - rolling hills off in the distance, open fields, forests, farmland, cozy houses dotted about, and a glimpse of the world reknowned Lime Rock Racetrack. Getting up there will take some energy as it's a good little hike with some steep sections but at least it's easy to get there - hop on the Appalachian Trail at the intersection of Routes 7 and 112 and head south, following the A.T. white hash marks, until you come upon the old wooden hang glider ramp.
Though Hang Glider View is the obvious highlight of this hike, there are several smaller overviews along the way that are terrific...just enough to keep you inspired to make it all the way to the ramp. It's not a marathon hike but you can plan for one hour in, one hour back...give or take a half hour depending upon what kind of shape you're in. Along with the picturesque views the thick forest cover creates a peaceful sanctuary at various points along the trail. At times, the massive pine trees all bundled together will bring you into some cool, dark spots even during the brightest days of the year. The sunlight trying to shine through the thick canopy will produce a golden glow underneath the pine tree tops.
This trail is well known to locals and A.T. thru-hikers so the path is well maintained, worn, and properly marked. Some sections are rocky with loose stones but overall the trail is clear and smooth. However, danger lurks on this particular stretch of the A.T. You must keep your eyes open for rattlesnakes...yes, that's right...there are some rattlesnakes in extreme northwest Connecticut and this is one of those isolated places were they exist. Though I'd be shocked if you actually saw one, let alone found yourself within striking distance, I put together this page which you should read before going on a hike here: http://www.bershirehiking.com/hikes/rattler.html .