Ives Trail Greenway

MODERATE 13 reviews

Ives Trail Greenway is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Danbury, Connecticut that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.6 miles
2,424 feet
Out & Back

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The Ives Trail is named in honor of Charles E. Ives. Born in Danbury in 1874, Ives is noted for his original classical compositions, winning the Pulitzer prize in 1947 for his Symphony Number 3. Danbury's Ives has the significant distinction of being Connecticut's state composer. The Ives Trail Committee has carefully planned a trail that protects sensitive environmental areas. In consultation with The National Park Service and The Conway School of Landscape Design, a management and maintenance plan for the trail is being prepared. Local conservation groups, the City of Danbury and Towns of Bethel and Ridgefield are strong supporters of this greenway.

3 months ago

Hiked about 4.5 miles of the trail in my neighborhood from chuck wagon lane to long ridge about 3 hrs easy to follow but lots of ticks

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nice views in the spring and autumn.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Decided to backpack the trail, and spend a night in between pine mountain and Wooster. Started from redding. Good easy park at both endpoints. Pretty well blazed. Couple good views. Pretty ponds. Pretty buggy in July. Would make for a good spring or fall hike!

Monday, May 09, 2016

Started in Tarrywile Park, went along the western trail of Parks Pond. Took a little trail 1/2 way to the southern end of the Pond to go a little west to pickup the Ives. Which we followed up to the beacon on Thomas Mountain. Instead of going north towards Tarrywile Lake, we followed the trail down past two trashed 1980's cars (Chevy and Peugot) and then didn't know where to go. Went straight where the only markers were duct tape. Turned around and took the other choice which led us to the Old Post Road and onto Wooster Heights Rd in Danbury. About 3 hours.

Monday, August 24, 2015

This place is awful all the way from Lowe's and over to the fork in the river by the Marriott and beyond. Garbage everywhere near the trail and in the water. It's blazed pretty well during the summer and fall and you get to see some awesome graffiti art underneath 84 but that's about it. Do not go during the winter or spring, trail is never blazed, not enough foot traffic to pack the snow down in winter and too muddy during spring. This place could be cool considering it's in the heart of Danbury but it's a borderline garbage dump. Go if you feel like picking up after people or want to see a three-eyed fish.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Western half of 20 mile mountain hike was the best. Great vista on Pine Mountain. Starting from Bennett's Pond, first 4 miles or so are well traveled and blazed. Heading east toward Route 7, the trail becomes much less traveled and stays that way until about 3 miles from Tarrywile. South from Tarrywile deteriorates swiftly until it seems like you are the first to be on the trail, especially the last 4 miles. Poorly blazed and confusing on how to proceed at a couple of marsh crossings. Ample parking at Bennett's Pond, Tarrywile and in Redding.

2 months ago

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Sunday, August 24, 2014