Mianus River Park - Trail, Stamford/Greenwich, Connecticut

Mianus River Park - Trail, Stamford/Greenwich, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

This park has a tight network of both fire roads and singletrack. Good for novices and intermediate riders. The Mianus River runs along the east side of the property, so it is hard to get lost. Some climbs, short runs to bomb down, some tech sections. Overall a good workout trail with several interconnected loops. There are some log obstacles which you can find and try. Several carriage roads with singletrack offshoots. (courtesy of www.wmba.org)

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 14, 2014]
Semitone
Weekend Warrior

This is a nice local beginner/intermediate trail. A portion of it is a fire road that is nice if you just feel like taking it easy or you want to ease into something more challenging. Alternatively you can branch off the fire road and move to rockier trails with more elevation changes. On the main fire road there are lots of dogs and few leashes. Fine I guess if you like dogs. Once off the fire road the dogs thin out and aren't much of an issue. ( I didn't see a lot of the poop that others have mentioned, but then again I didn't look for it.)

Customer Service

Biking is only allowed on the Stamford side of the park. Greenwich prohibits biking. Easy trail is the fire road, aka, River Road and the Inner Road. You can take a few turn offs onto single track along Field Trail. For a more challenging route head off to Pine Hill Road, and New Trail off the Second Hill Trail. The park is a good place to spend a relaxing 1-2 hours.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 07, 2013]
danjruss
Downhiller

Just moved back into town from school and was glad to be able to come back to this park. The trails are in great condition and are maintained very well. There will be some hikers and/or people taking their dogs for walks, but as you get deeper into the park things get really empty. Some areas will be pretty technical, so if you're a beginner you may want to hike the bike. This definitely goes when it's wet out- you'll encounter several rock gardens. Overall a great trail- lots to explore.

Customer Service

enter at merriebrook lane and park by the red barn. Don't cross the bridge. bike north/northeast on the east side of the river and you'll curve around a few properties, eventually meeting up with a fork in the trail, now it should be pretty empty and you can go crazy!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 18, 2012]
Beantown
Weekend Warrior

Just moved to Stamford area, tried Mianus today. I thought there are trails for all abilities here, you can stay on the main paths for cruising or take the trails and find some very advanced riding. This time of year there are a ton of leaves so makes it even more challenging. Overall it was a fun ride. Keep an eye-out for the walkers and dogs on the main paths.

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Looking for more areas to ride!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 11, 2011]
jkavounas
Weekend Warrior

Went for a great ride at Mianus Trails yesterday. Couldn't believe how dry it was. But he conditions are in great shape. It was my first ride out from last October and it was creat to see so many log man-made obsticals to try your trials skills on.

It was very crowded on the main trails, but as always, few hikers leave the beaten path in Mianus and I found empty single track.

The Swamp Trail is in particularly good condition.

jk

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 07, 2010]
Damian
Cross Country Rider

I have been riding Mianus for a few years and have always felt this trail was just ok, until recently. I cut my teeth out on long island riding Stillwell and Cathedral Pines and was really in love with the sandy singletrack. This year I have made a full commitment to getting into riding shape and now that I am (and after a few death-march rides through Sprain Ridge in Yonkers) I am really enjoying Mianus.

Customer Service

Go in from Stamford, up the hill around the fire road barricade. Go about 1/8th of a mile and take the singletrack on the left. Nice climb to get the blood pumping and bear right onto peak trail. Keep going right and end up on Swamp Trail. Bear right and back down to the fire road, left and your first right which cuts through to the River Trail Follow that upstream bear right up the rocky hill and left away from the river. Once you hit the fire road again go right and follow down a way where the fire road splits. Go left then hit the single track hill climb on the left. Once you make it to the top if you can bear right and what goes up must come back down, follow the trail launch off the and let your momentum carry you across the crossroads. Hit the Fallen tree at full speed and jam through the river. Follow up and around past the chimney and back down. Follow the main trail till you hit the fire road again and go rt. Up the hill and down again will get you back to the cross roads going the other direction. Follow the trail a ways until you have another cobble river/swamp crossing bear right hop the log and up the hill. S*** I ran out of room Just go and enjoy.

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Sprain Ridge, Stillwell on LI, Bear Mountain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 25, 2010]
oekizler
Weekend Warrior

Biggest and most versatile trail in the area. Combines both cross country and all-mountain style in different trails. Really tight stuff and technical rock gardens to be found.

There is big traffic between hikers, dogs and bikers in the afternoons. I hope the Town & Recreation department won't forbid mountain biking because of the erosion.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 02, 2008]
thefriar
Cross Country Rider

Good ride with some great tech climbs. Good 7-8mile loops that can be done in reverse. I ride here 5-6 times a week (morning and afternoon loops on different bikes), have been noticing some stupid riding i.e. skidding back wheels, braids, unmarked trail riding/creation, and helmetless riders. Respect the park and TREAD LIGHTLY here, stick to the trails and use proper ettiquete, I really don't want riders to lose this park and will let other riders know if something isn't being done right on the trail.

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Sprain Ridge, Wilton Woods, Trumbull

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 21, 2006]
tranquilo
Cross Country Rider

The ugly orange fencing was, in fact, put up to control erosion along the riverbank. Multi-user traffic (mostly dogs, fishermen & walkers) along the river has caused substantial damage along the river, resulting in loss of vegetation, which, in turn, is having the effect of causing the bank to slowly erode into the river. The orange fencing has been replaced by black, as many of you probably know. It was not put up specifically by fishermen or dog walkers but actually by the city with recommendations from a volunteer group that includes all user groups, including mountain bikers. We're doing trail maintenance every first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon, meeting at the red barn if you'd like to help out.

Now, onto the review. This is a city park with heavy traffic from multiple user groups, many of whom are opposed to bikes in the park. The trails are decent, but not in any way amazing or epic or anything closely resembling the superlatives being tossed around about it. I'm not dissing it by any means. But if you think Mianus is the shizz, you need to get out more.

It is rooty in some places and rocky in others. There are not really any climbs so much as undulations. It's a nice little spot if you happen to live in the area, but if you're road tripping, there are a dozen places that are more worthy of your time and gas flow.

Customer Service

Ridge trail, Laurel trail, Fisherman's Loop are some of the trail names. The place is small, so you can hit everything in about an hour. Basically, if you see a trail, take it. If you get lost, keep riding. You'll come out eventually. There's also a new section called Mianus State Park that has maybe an extra mile or so of easy XC trail.

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Troutbrook, Huntingdon, Trumbull are all within a 1/2 hour of Mianus. Go to Case Mtn. if you're looking for a road trip.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 04, 2005]
cmthmn35
Downhiller

This is a very good trail i ride it alot with some of my friends and we are really good. Also this trail is very difucult because there is alot of rocks in the trail,but some times there big enough to launch off of. If you been bikign for awhile this is the place you might want to check out ,but if you are just starting out don't go there.

Customer Service

I recommend that you stay on the tralis because i was off the trails and i went down a ride down and i wiped out and i was in the hospital for 4 days and out of biking for 6 weeks and i have to buy a new bike cause the bike i had got ruined because of the crash.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 26, 2005]
cmthmn35
Downhiller

I like to hit trails with big jumps and ride downs that are really hard to do.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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