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

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over grown
2 days ago

Very nice trail. Easy for kids. The only drawback is traffic noise close to the pond.

Really great simple hike and fairly well maintained trail. The historic history of this area is quite intriguing and you can quite often find remnants of old structures along the trail if you're observant.

Nice. Short and nice.

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over grown
1 month ago

Nice trail - went with two kids - but had to carry them over the overgrown sections to and from the loop around the lake. This was late summer so probably nice in the fall.

A relatively easy loop around a large pond. The western path near the upper end of the pond as somewhat overgrown in late August, but very passable. In summer, expect the usual bugs and humidity you'll get anywhere in Southern CT. Views of the pond are pleasant and it is a good place for wildlife photography. The trail is often somewhat off the pond, so a longer lens may be helpful. You can also access the Pine Mountain trails from here, although those trails are more strenuous than the ones around the pond, especially if you plan on going all the way to the Ives cabin overlook. If you plan on doing that, equip yourself for a real hike.

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over grown
1 month ago

I grew up in nearby Wilton but haven’t lived there for 20 years. I was visiting a friend in Danbury and wanted to explore something in the area that I’d never done and could do easily before leaving the state. I chose this based on the good reviews. I enjoyed it overall and would frequent it if I were local. Pros: pretty, quiet, opportunity for solitude (I only saw one other person on a weekday morning in August), a lot of different birds (herons, swans, etc) Cons: overgrown with thorns, grass, and other plants in several places, making the loop difficult without risking cuts and ticks (which I did but am used to doing as an avid hiker) Because of the overgrown spots, I’d recommend this more so in non summer months.

Hiked 3.9 miles.

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over grown
2 months ago

Overgrown bushes, just like 2018, in 2019 it’s still not able to bike it. Otherwise it would be a nice trail.

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over grown
3 months ago

I ran this today intending to do a few loops. The right side is open and great for a short run or walk. About 2/3 of the way around it gets thick in parts and hard to pass easily. Could be poison ivy too. With a bit more clearance to get all the way around it could be great. I still managed to get around but it needs a bit of maintenance.

the trails are marked horribly. At one point, the blue, white and red trees are all intertwined and far away from each other so I can see how you could get lost if you’re not paying attention (like I did) - you can easily miss the trail back to the parking lot and keep going in circles (also, like I did). Tons of ticks! Left with quite a few on myself and my dog. I also found it strange you are basically walking through backyards.

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off trail
over grown
3 months ago

First part of train rocky and very muddy in places. But worth it to make to pond for views plus beautiful vista at the end

I took the unmarked trail, it was definitely rocky and off the beaten path but offered beautiful views and was totally worth it. I did have to cross the stream a few times and got soaked, so if you’re looking to do some more adventurous hiking be prepared to get a little wet!

The part of the trail where the pond goes into a stream close to route seven was a raging river today. Not easy to cross.

Meticulously maintained, nary a leaf out of place. I imagine the neighbors wouldn't have it any other way.

Well marked trails also well maintained.

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7 months ago

Great quick walk around Shadow Lake....stopped by on a Sunday afternoon between errands. Well maintained trail with many gorgeous bird boxes built around the shore of the Lake.

It was decent, went in the winter so maybe not the best representation. Easy to follow, pond was nice looking/peaceful. Parts of the trails were washed away in many spots, don't hike after significant rain fall without good boots!

Easy walk with some moderate parts. Every enjoyable.

Nice walk! Look for the heart tree ... you'll know which one it is when you see it!

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

I would say this is a moderate trail, fairly easy in the beginning with pretty flat and there is one to two steep parts. A nice hike. Trails are pretty well defined in that you see the trail, but not well marked in which directions to go. Without a map, it is easy to go on the wrong trail. Had to go back a few times to make sure I was going on the right trail. So check the map often if you want to stay on this trail.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Nice easy loop...right across the street from Weir Farm National Historic Site

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

overgrown bushes on trail, not really passable:(

Sunday, August 05, 2018

This trail has some STUNNING views of Shadow Lake, especially from the western side just south of the softball field. The center peninsula offers a panoramic view of the full lake—great place for a peaceful afternoon. There are several geese on the lake, and a beautiful swan is often perched in the center. The trail’s eastern side and southern tip are very bushy; can be quite muddy after rain, so take your time.

More moderate than easy if you do the whole loop. But fantastic trail and a great place for kids.

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Friday, July 06, 2018

very horrible markings.

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