Tarrywile Park Trail

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Tarrywile Park

Tarrywile Park Trail is a 7.2 kilometer heavily 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.

Distance: 7.2 km Elevation Gain: 294 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

wild flowers

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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

nature trips
1 day ago

Great cardio workout to get you heartrate up. Lots of up and down terrain and overall nice to be in nature. Trails are well marked.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike today and nice view from the top too. We varied from the prescribed trail so as to avoid an out/back and it was worth it. Enjoy...

hiking
muddy
30 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Overall great find! Main trails are well marked and wide-ish, other trails are narrow and full of roots/rocks. Very beautiful and probably even better in peak season and even better still during fall foliage!

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Very enjoyable hike!

hiking
6 months ago

this would have been a nice hike except for some unfriendly people at the park. This is not a dog-friendly Park. I was verbally attacked and followed by a woman because my dog was off-leash on the trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trails. There is a short loop that is great for inexperienced hikers or young families. The back pond loop and couple others are more challenging. There is an assortment that allows you to easily choose to do between 1 and 10 miles depending on what you are out for.

hiking
8 months ago

Not strenuous. Many invasive plants. Convenient. Good for a weeknight

hiking
9 months ago

Still in process of being developed. Very easy to follow blazes. Quick hike, good for little kids also...

hiking
9 months ago

nice park

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great trails with good markings. Would recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

This is a very quite and great place. Not hard and it is dkg friendly hike.

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Favorite place to hike! It’s great to bring kids and dogs alike! Beautiful views and very well kept. Always an adventure and fun to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Great place to clear your mind and have tranquility.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

Loved this trail for its tranquility. We saw few people (it was early) and loved looking at the beautiful countryside while we hiked. Good workout, not terribly difficult. Had no idea how beautiful Danbury CT is!!

hiking
bugs
muddy
Sat May 04 2019

hiking
Sun Mar 24 2019

To be fair, I was sort of all over the place within the park. I didn’t stick with one color and instead wove in and out depending on the terrain. It’s not a bad hike—lots of river crossings, some with only a log, and pretty rock formations—I just prefer hikes with more scenic overlooks. The best part of this trail for me was the rock scrambling and the walk around the small lake. It is scenic and probably really beautiful in the summer and fall.

hiking
rocky
snow
Mon Feb 18 2019

Good snowy 4 mile hike. Some steep inclines. Very clean park. Great for dogs.

running
Sun Dec 09 2018

There’s way more to the trail than just around the lake. A lot of abandoned architecture!

Sat Oct 06 2018

some great views and terrain challenges

hiking
Sat Sep 08 2018

Not impressed at all. Boring. So many other beautiful places to hike/explore.

hiking
Fri Aug 31 2018

great cardio not too hard not too easy rocky areas are not killer but definitely bring up a good sweat, excellent views very picturesque natural water flow through the mountain. recommend bug spray, very friendly people.

backpacking
Mon Aug 06 2018

Nice hike, pretty clean park. Got alot of rain recently so mosquitos were out in force but will do it again. Several campsites as well. We stayed at Mootry lookout and Danbury looked pretty good from up there.

hiking
Wed May 23 2018

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

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