Mianus Maze Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stamford, CT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Mountain Bliss in Stamford/Greenwich Connecticut. Awesome ride to get your legs and lungs about in the beginning of the season. This particular ride is not to difficult but to get the best out of the ride do it fast and flowy. There are some tough climbs and some technical rocks and roots but its also and awesome way to introduce someone to mountain biking or to practice this awesome craft. This park has a tight network of both fire roads and single-track. Good for novices and intermediate riders. The Mianus River runs along the east side of the property, so it is hard to get lost. Some climbs, short runs to bomb down, some tech sections. Overall a good workout trail with several interconnected loops. There are some log obstacles which you can find and try.
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.
Decent hike of moderate difficulty I would say 4/10. Very annoying that people don't follow a leash law there. Sucks for the alpha dogs. Owners of unleashed dogs be warned that this is at your own risk and you face potential problems.
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.
Very nice easy hike. If you like to share the woods, talk with people, then this is the place for you. Very scenic and expect to see a handful of fly fisherman on your hike.
Great trails, really scenic views! Markings were a little off though, making it difficult to navigate at times.
Trails not great for road bikes but managed. Great trails, clean, clearly defined and marked. Didn't like the idea of all the dogs off their leashes. Had to dodge a few. Will go again but will be hiking it!!!
Very crowded and lots of noisy people. Not really where you want to go to get back to nature and tranquility. Hard to park as well.
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.
This is a great hiking area although some areas are poorly marked and you can easily end up on other trails.
Bring a map with you and watch those trail intersections.
Overall this is a good place to hike with kids and dogs. Highly recommended.
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
This was a perfect beginning hike for my kids who are 6 and 8 years old. The orienteering aspect of using the compass and map to navigate the maze of trails was very fun. The cave is a treat.
In case you have terrible finding it, the entrance on the Stamford side is at the end of Merriebrook Lane.
Excellent for intense mountain biking. There are many different paths for a great workout and an exciting ride. Can be dangerous so you'll need a helmet. The main trail loops and it's far more casual.
Great if you are in the area - not challenging but pretty river views. Sometimes crowded on weekends. No elevation change