Explore the most popular views trails near Danbury with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

23 days ago

Lots of bugs once in the wooded area, but a nice hike. A few steep inclines.

Beautiful woods and meadows. Great view of the lake. I took the red and orange trails. Navigating the trails was a little hard given that there had been a lot of trees down due to a major storm that had blown through, but otherwise a peaceful, pretty trail.

Super fun! We went 3 weeks after the macroburst/‘nado’s hit the area and the destructive wrath was evident. The red trail required some over/under toppled trees and we lost the trail for minutes at a time, but it made it that much more fun!

Ps Bring bug spray

Relaxing, easy hikes. Great way to start the morning.

Incline is intense, but the view of Danbury is awesome. Great workout and great forest views.

It's a nice hike that's broken up into several smaller trails. All the trails are somewhat small so it's good for kiddos. The trail to the lake may be a little steep with rock jumping, but the lake itself is serene. Unfortunately, there was a bit of trash left over from previous hikers.

An important thing to note - I'm writing this in May of 2018. A recent storm created quite a bit of tree damage. There were downed trees everywhere, often times blocking the trails. You may have to crawl over or under them the trees. Some of the fallen trees even have trail blazes on it so it's easy to lose the trail.

Finally, the trail map on this site doesn't reflect the actual trail map. While the shape is the same, it's composed of lots of smaller trails of varying colors. Make sure to bring your phone and take a picture of the trail map posted in the parking lot. If worse comes to worse, stick to the red trail. It will take you in and take you out. Enjoy!

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

nice trail, could be marked a little better ,great view from lookout

Trails can be confusing. Views blocked in summer but did take orange down to water to get closeup view of lake Decent

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nice views in the spring and autumn.

walking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Walked around Haines Pond. Nice short walk, beautiful view of the pond. Walk back goes along and on the old train tracks, which is a bit awkward to walk on.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Was nearly run down by the local kids on motorcycles. My daughter was so scared she refuses to go back.

Beautiful land and varied terrain make this land a great place to hike.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Sort of creepy given the press anoint sex acts in the summer of 2016 not maintained well and truly more of a mountain bike trail.

Really enjoyed the whole trail-well marked, challenging but many areas that were relaxing and easy!
There were a few areas of ice- but nothing insurmountable.

trail running
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Took white-red-blue east and white trail back. Easy terrain, white trail is flat, great for running. Nice view of the lake through the bare trees. Short run, but enjoyed it.

Nice loop with partial view of Candlewood Lake in Bear Mountain Reservation. Perfect for an afternoon stroll. Meadow has nice flowers and birding nests. Park has various trails from easy to moderate.

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mountain bikers paradise. Lots of thin trails obviously used by bikers meander throughout. The main trails need maintenance and downed trees cleared. Dogs off leash is huge plus with 2 spots for him to swim. Otherwise, hikers can do better.

trail running
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Went up to Farrington's Pond and got a bit lost following the biking trail. Easy hike, not too much variety for hikers up there. Will try the white trail along the lake next time.

hiking
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!

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Not a lot of through traffic, but could definitely hear the surrounding vehicles. I enjoyed the water views. I'm glad I did it though.

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

If I was mountain biking, I would give it 5 stars as it looked like a great place to do that sport. I was hiking though... The trails were in between a residential area and a major interstate highway. Not very scenic and you heard the drone of cars and trucks the whole time. There are many better hiking trails within a short drive. It was worth a shot to try out as you never know...

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 23, 2014

Excellent groomed single-track mountain bike trails with varying technical sections. Big thanks to NEMBA and local bikers caring for these trails. Great for trail running as well. Watch out for ATV'ers on access/fire trails.

hiking
1 month ago

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