Mount Frissell

Climate Recreation Hydrology

Mount Frissell is a prominent peak located in the southern Taconic Mountains, which are part of the larger Appalachian Mountain range. With an elevation of 2,454 feet (748 meters), it is the highest point in the state of Connecticut. This mountain is situated on the border between Connecticut and Massachusetts, offering breathtaking views of both states.

During the winter season, Mount Frissell experiences a wide range of snowpack accumulation. The amount of snowfall varies each year depending on weather patterns, but on average, the snowpack can reach depths of several feet. This makes it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts, such as snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

Mount Frissell is also notable for its hydrological features. The mountain is the source of several creeks and rivers that flow through the surrounding areas. One example is the Housatonic River, which receives runoff from the mountain's slopes and contributes to its overall water supply.

Regarding its name, Mount Frissell honors the Frissell family, prominent landowners in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is believed that the mountain was named after their descendant, Dr. Benjamin Frissell. Interestingly, there are no specific legends or lore associated with Mount Frissell, but its historical significance and natural beauty continue to captivate adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike.

June 22, 2024







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Popular Camping Destinations

Camping Area Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pittsfield State Forest 30 2,120 ft
Housatonic Meadows State Park 100 456 ft
Rudd Pond - Taconic State Park Numerous 827 ft
Cherry Plain State Park 30 1,412 ft
Macedonia Brook State Park 50 808 ft
Lake Waramaug State Park 75 719 ft
Mountain Lakes Park Numerous 629 ft
Beartown State Forest 12 1,614 ft
Copake Falls - Taconic State Park Numerous 678 ft