Activities: Biking, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding Services: Limited Parking
We took the yellow trail to the cave trail back to the yellow and then the Indian mill trail to make a loop. There was construction happening at the entrance and a lot of habitat restoration happening in the park. This cut off a lot of access to the river. The cave and fireplace were neat. but beyond that I felt like it lacked interesting views.
Almost no one follows the leash rule here. It made it extremely stressfull for my alpha dog and I to enjoy a hike as I had to stop every quarter mile and hold his muzzle shut and his body between my knees while other dogs were allowed to sniff him as he was trying to fight them. Even after I loudly announced from at least 20-50ft away "my dog is not dog friendly". People if a trail is busy......have some respect so everyone and every furbaby can enjoy
For more info about this 400-acre forest and river park, and a trailmap, go to: http://friendsofmianusriverpark.org/
Actually part of this park is in Stamford, part in Greenwich and part belongs to the CT DEEP.
Dogs are required to be on leash, with fines about $100 for an unleashed dog. Hopefully, the culture will change, but for many years, visitors walked their dogs off-leash. So if you're afraid of dogs, be forewarned.
4 trails, all with the name Road (such as Main Road Trail) were formerly carriage roads, when the property was private. These are very popular and often crowded... but if you're willing to explore the lesser-used trails, it won't be crowded.. weekdays you might encounter commercial dog-walkers with up to a dozen dogs, some off-leash.
Weekends are crowded, and parking areas often full... much better on weekdays.
The path running along the river is really pleasant and peaceful. A few fishermen were out with their fly rods. Lots of dog walkers and a few mountain bikers, so not exactly the most tranquil of environments, but it's easy to see why it's so popular.
Nicole T. on Mianus Maze Trail
Another family friendly hiking location . Also perfect for mountain biking and fishing
step by step instructions for a nice 2 1/2 hr hike covering most of the Park
Beginning on Cognewaugh Rd on the Greenwich side.
Main Road (on Cognewaugh Rd entrance)
LEFT Oak Trail
LEFT Deer Trail
Stay RIGHT on Deer Trail (at Tree House intersection)
LEFT Second Loop Trail
At Poplar, continue on Second Loop
Cross wooden bridge
LEFT on Fisherman’s Loop
LEFT at Cabin Trail
Straight thru Stone Wall follow river
Pass purple home
At End LEFT on Second Loop Trail
RIGHT on Pine Hill Road
LEFT on New Trail
At “Y” stay LEFT , follow river
At River Rd-Field Trail intersection, straight on River Road
Arrive Park Entrance information (Stamford Entrance)
Continue River Rd, go thru gates on paved street 100 yds
Right on River Walk (Treetops sign)
LEFT on Indian Rock Trail
At END LEFT on Indian Mill Trail
In 10 yds, RIGHT on Laurel Trail
LEFT on Swamp Trail
At Water Camp intersection, keep on Swamp Trail
At END, LEFT on Main Rd
LEFT on Dam Road
At END LEFT on Main Road back to the Car