Take a Hike
Fairfield County's vast hiking trails will get you back to nature.
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Ditch the gym while the weather is still nice and trek along any number of Fairfield County's great hiking trails. The benefits of hiking are endless—weight loss, reduced stress, lower blood pressure, etc. Strap on your hiking boots, grab your husband, friends or gather up the kids, and take a hike. Just thinking about venturing out into the great outdoors is giving you a healthy glow.
Aspetuck Land Trust
Devoted to preserving open space and natural resources in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport, the Aspetuck Land Trust has preserved over 1,700 acres of land in the area. Visitors are welcome to walk all of the trailed preserves from dawn to dusk. There are great trails specifically tailored for kids with a "natural playground". Their website has printable trail maps and pictures of the trails. If you don't know where to start, try one of their numerous educational and specialty hikes for adults and children.
FALL FOLIAGE HIKE at Trout Brook Valley
When: October 16th, Sunday, 1-3:30pm
Location: Bradley Road Entrance to TBV, Weston
Walk: Join backwoods expert and Aquarion Watershed and Forest Operations Manager, Gary Haines on a hike during peak foliage season.
Park: TBV permit parking on Bradley Rd, Weston
HAWK WALK at Trout Brook Valley Orchard
When: October 23rd, Sunday, 9:30-11:30am
Location: Rte 58 (Black Rock Tpke) past Bluebird Restaurant to Freeborn Rd. Turn left on Freeborn. When woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Drive into this road to blueberry bushes.
Walk: Join local hawk-bander, Larry Fischer along with noted bird expert Milan Bull from CT Audubon Society for a special hawk hike in the orchard. Trout Brook Valley fields are an important habitat for hawks flying down the east coast flyway zone.
Park: Blueberry patch off Freeborn Road.
32 Pent Road, Weston
Its varied landscape of 1,756 acres made up of valleys, rock ledges, woodlands, and wetlands make Devil's Den a wonderful place to get away from it all for a day of hiking and bird watching.
Located off Valley Forge Road, Weston
Often thrill seekers go here for cliff diving, which is actually illegal now, due to too many accidents. So don't jump off any cliffs while you're hiking on the wooded trails.
960 Morehouse Hwy, Fairfield
Made up of 170 wooded acres surrounding the fresh water lake which is open to swimmers in the summer (in the beach area with life guards at the southern end). The Cascades at the northern end is a short section of rapids on the Mill River (which feeds into the lake). Kids love climbing on the rocks and fishing in this area. There are two main trails: Yellow which is 2.5 miles around the perimeter of the property and Red which is 1.6 miles and follows the edges of Lake Mohegan and the Mill River.
Over 8 miles of unique trails in and among Greenwich's woodlands, wetlands and riverbanks of the Mianus River, offers you a maze of singletrack and hard-packed old carriage roads, with thrilling mountain bike trails for beginners and intermediates.
Directions to Mianus River Park »
Visit the breathtaking 93 acre Nichols Preserve for walking, hiking, jogging, bird watching, horseback riding, fishing and cross-country skiing. It is a beautiful composite of meadows, ponds, forest and a red maple swamp. It is possible to ride or walk for hours without repeating the same course. No dogs allowed.
Located at the end of West Avenue, off Bedford Road and straddles the CT-NY border in the northwest corner of Greenwich.
144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan
If you’re looking for an easy hike, the 40-acre site located at the New Canaan Nature Center is perfect. With wet and dry meadows, ponds, woodlands, thickets, a marsh and an orchard, you can experience all kinds of ecosystems while walking the two miles of trails that criss-cross the site. The trails also include a marsh boardwalk and two observation towers that overlook the wetlands and cattail marsh. Check out the trail map for more information.