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Rand's View located in Falls Village, CT. is a great spot to take in a fantastic panoramic view of the northern Berkshire Mountains. Situated along the Appalachian Trail, Rand's View is well known to those who hike the entire Appalachian Trail. It's perhaps the jewel of Connecticut as far as Appalachian Trail hikers are concerned. Along Connecticut's portion of the trail, many hikers tell other hikers about Rand's View to give them a highlight to look forward to. It's a quiet place with a majestic view that looks out over open fields and up towards the Berkshire Mountains. It's beautiful and would surely inspire artists of all types. At Rand's View you can sit back, relax, and take in the scene forever. Nestled in a spot where farmland/open fields sit within dense woodlands, things spread out in front of you and on a crystal clear day you can see very far away. The mountains just seem to keep rolling on. It's unusual in this part of New England to see so far with so little evidence of humankind. A person sitting in this spot 200 years ago would have had the same view. A bonus to Rand's View is that it's located in a remote area (remote in the Connecticut sense, not the Alaskan!). You really get the feeling that you've hiked in a good distance and come upon a special place. I was going to post a panoramic photo but I think I should just let you enjoy it for yourselves without any impressions in your mind...a picture just wouldn't do it justice.
You can access Rand's View from Fall's Village or from Route 44 trailhead in Salisbury. We're recommending the Fall's Village option, as it incorporates the waterfall at Falls Village and Prospect Mountain with its easterly views.
When you begin your hike at Falls Village, you have two different starting points to choose from...depending upon how far you want to hike. Both options follow the Appalachian Trial to Prospect Mountain and Rand's View. One option is to park back at the hydroelectric power station when you first pull into the old Iron Works area. From here you can follow the Appalachian Trail which actually follows the road for about a half mile as it passes the hydroelectric station, crosses over the old iron bridge, and then up along the banks of the Housatonic River and waterfall region. Near the top of the waterfall, the Appalachian Trail turns left and heads into the woods and eventually to Rand's View. The other option is to start near the top of the waterfall and head directly into the woods.
Once you enter the woods, the noise of the waterfall and any people enjoying this region quickly fades as a dense cover of forest takes over. Soon you'll enter a nice open field section that has a great southern view near its top. Turn around before entering into the forest again...a nice view to hold you over! The trail quickly rises and enters into some thick woodlands. For the next mile and a half, the hike isn't steep but continually rises all the way to Prospect Mountain. It's a deceptive hike, so bring plenty of water and food so you can rest and fuel up on top of Prospect Mountain. There's a nice view east from Prospect Mountain; but you don't want to stop there as Rand's View is even more impressive. From Prospect Mountain, it's another mile or so to Rand's View. About a half mile past Prospect, there's a campground for overnight hikers. Don't take the left to the campground. Go right to Rand's View. There's a sign that tells you it's 500 feet down the trail, but some folks could easily get a little confused. When you arrive at Rand's View, you emerge from dark forest cover to a bright wide open field with beautiful mountains rolling on and on. It's a great sight and really encouraging that places like this still exist in Connecticut. If you need a good workout with some peace and tranquility tossed in, Rand's View should be on your list of things to do!