Tarrywile Park Trail

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Tarrywile Park Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Danbury, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles
964 feet
Out & Back

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The Park has over 21 miles of trails, ponds & numerous vistas. Tarrywile Park, a 722 acre municipal park is open to all the residents of the Greater Danbury area community. The Park, once an active Dairy farm and fruit orchard is now home to 21 miles of hiking trails, 2 ponds, a lake and several picnic areas. Throughout the year, Guided Hikes are offered by our volunteers. Other programs such as bird watching, camping clinics and orienteering events are offered so check to see when they are coming up. Campsites are available for those looking to enjoy a rustic and unique experience at Connecticut's largest municipally-owned park. A variety of sites are located within the park to accommodate your needs, download our Hiking Trails Guide for the locations of the campsites. Please contact the Mansion Office at 203-744-3130 for an appointment to obtain a permit. Exploring trails at Tarrywile Park is always an adventure and an education. The trails may take you through vast open fields with spectacular views, or past natural patches of blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries, or over rugged, rocky terrain. As you hike through the woods, a turn in the path may bring an encounter with a white tail buck, chipmunk, rabbit, partridge, pheasant, or a red fox crossing your way. You may also meet other travelers on foot or even on horseback. As you continue your exploration of the park you may be greeted by a fisherman casting into the glistening waters of Parks Pond for pumpkinseed, bullheads, panfish or kingfish. The lake is also home to frogs and various snakes as well as mallard and wood ducks, geese, and even magnificent swans. No doubt there will be a bird watcher observing many native birds such as pileated woodpeckers, hawks, turkeys, or vultures, that also make Tarrywile their home. Along its trails, Tarrywile Park also possesses some of nature's finest landscaping. There are majestic old trees, hillsides of Mountain Laurel, pine forests, and fields of wildflowers. In the eastern limits of the park you will discover minerals such as quartz and feldspar, or metamorphic rocks such as marble and limestone. The trails are open to the public year round (weather permitting) and free of charge. Trail conditions vary depending on seasonal conditions and natural occurrences. Since the trails are intended for passive recreational use only, hiking or riding the trails is at the user's own risk. Please also remember to do a tick check when you get home! Tarrywile Park is available for field trips or for use as an outdoor classroom. Please call the office at (203) 744-3130, for additional information, leave a message and someone will respond within 24 hours on weekdays. July 1994 marked the official opening of Tarrywile Park hiking trail system. By the summer of 2004, twenty-one miles of trails had been marked and a new trail map was distributed. June 2006 a pre-opening was held for the Ives Trail. This 17 plus mile trail winds its way from Bethel's Terre Haute property through Tarrywile Park and on to Pine Mountain and Bennett's Pond in Ridgefield

1 month ago

Best views from Mootry Peak! Gets busy so go early in the day.

2 months ago

very scenic, but need bug spray!

2 months ago

Scenic af

3 months ago

Nice place to hike. Lots of trails and different terrain.

7 months ago

Like the park. Trails well marked.

9 months ago

Multiple trails to cater to all levels. I'm a regular here.

10 months ago

A nice mix of terrain with multiple options. You'll encounter hayfields, woodland trails, significant rock outcroppings and boulders with a few steep climbs/descents depending on the route taken. I thoroughly enjoyed it on a spectacular September morning.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A nice juxtaposition between the rural and urban. Easy to access.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Good place for beginners.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Nice spot to hike, with pretty views and a field for relaxing. Can get very busy. The park puts on events, too, and has a beautiful house you can rent for weddings, etc.

Monday, May 29, 2017

I couldn't find the back half of the trail. Although this was my first time using the app and I had not downloaded the trail prior to my run.

I ran the front loop three times which means I ran that monster of a hill three times. When that's all you do, it kicks your butt.

The trail was a bit crowded as clearly it's family friendly. The sight is great for taking in nature and a short hike.

Next time, I'm definitely downloading the trail first to take on the back half.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

This is a great area. I did a short hike as the wind was blowing and it was brutal cold but this looks like a pretty nice place to explore. The water is nice and there are some cool rock formations. Give it a try!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Great place to hike in the middle of town!! good for dogs as well.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Love the hike! was different sceneries every half an hour. lots of ups and downs. 8 1/2 mil hike.

trail running
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Great elevation gains and diversity of trails. Serious downhills and technical areas.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Well blazed and traveled trail system.

Monday, May 09, 2016

It's amazing the places that are right there in your backyard. It was a relaxing walk. Enjoyed the ponds and the quietness of the park.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Love this place

Friday, November 20, 2015

One on my favorites. Great hike to the summit and great climb out!

Monday, November 09, 2015

We took the dog and went around the ponds and up to the peak at the far end of the park. Not much in the way of views, but there were two old, abandoned cars on the yellow trail that had been covered in graffiti and were an interesting surprise. The park was very popular with dog walkers (leash needed), but we found loads of ticks on the dog afterwards.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Pretty trails, the hardest climb was a good workout but the views at the top were limited. Very pleasant to walk around the pond

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Beautiful scenery abounds on this trail. This is the perfect time of year to see the colors and feel the cool air of Autumn.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Very nice park for it's location in Danbury. Lots and lots of trails, a pond and lots of wildlife. There is also a lookout that boasts some pretty nice views.

Also worth checking out the abandoned mansion/castle here if you can find it.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Its local for me... I love their morning yoga classes and if you can find the trail to terrywhile caste then it's totally worn the hike!

Monday, April 13, 2015

I can't believe that I have lived in Danbury four years and only discovered this gem of a trail now. A great place to take the dog for a daily hike. Great for local picnics with the family.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Decent hike with a nice view of Danbury at the peak.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Love this place! There are a few different trails to pick from. Something here for everyone. You can do an easy mile loop. Or easily spend 1/2 the day on the longer, harder trails.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Did a nice 3 mile loop. Moderate difficulty with a couple hills that were steep and slippery with leaves and some mud. Really well marked trails. Parking is convenient. Popular area for dog walking and hiking.

Monday, June 17, 2013

I love this park. It is very easy with beautiful pond and creeks. The Mootry Peak is a moderate hike. I just live 1/2 mile from this park and it is my favorite for aerobic exercise. Good hike for all year. I have done it during rain and snow storms and it is an awesome experience. All trails all excellently marked...impossible to get lost.

23 days ago

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