Tarrywile Park - Trail, Danbury, Connecticut

Tarrywile Park - Trail, Danbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Very challenging hills with a mix of singletrack and fireroads. Rocky in some places. If you are looking for an extremely challenging technical ride try this park. Easy to get lost in, but lots of fun if you know your way around. Some people are turned off by the climbing, but coming back down is excellent. Some really scary downhills. Try to find the beacon, or ask someone where it is. It can be seen as you enter the park but it is not easy to find once you are in the trails. The trails near the beacon are the most challenging, advanced level. The trails near the entrance are intermediate level.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 21, 2014]
Semitone
Cross Country Rider

So I finally made it out to Danbury to ride Tarrywile. Well, I can't say it was much fun. Don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. Not a lot of flow would be an understatement. I'll admit I am a bit of a rookie rider, but I tried to ride the white and blue trails and would say there was way too much carrying the bike for me.

First, I guess there are some fire roads but i didn't find any that were anything but boring. A few grassy areas but nothing really worth riding.

Second, I took the white trail along Parks Pond. Aside from feeling a bit environmentally guilty for riding on the water's edge. it was most pretty rock and too technical for me. Some of the root sections I could do but not enough there in a straight run to make it interesting. It was on and off, on and off, on and off for me all day. Made it to the blue trail, which started off well enough but then becomes rather rocky,i.e. boulders that were hard to navigate given the hilly terrain. Panting way too much so I took the green cutoff to the blue..the green was fine but short, back to the blue which was brutal in the direction down to Back Pond, so I backtracked and took the blue trail in the other direction towards the water tower. After the water tower, the trail along the hayfield is flat and boring. ( there was one downhill dirt run here but nothing worth the rest of the pain involved.)

All in all, I didn't think there was enough here for a beginner or intermediate rider. Maybe an advanced rider might find it challenging and fun, occasionally.

Similar Products Used:

Huntington State Park

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2
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4
[Sep 12, 2010]
Ruger
Cross Country Rider

I was staying at the Hilton and these trails are ten minutes away.

Way Fun Natural Flowy Singletrack! Lots of technical rocky sections, and if you look around some killer drops and Big Roll in's! Like on the way to the Back ponds!

Lots of cool big rocks and craggs!

Some very technical climbing, and fun fire roads!
As a bonus some picknick tables scattered around, and the ponds and creeks are nice.

I really like the upper section at the main pond, rocky climb, some really exposed but solid singletrack ricght along the edge of a thirty foot cliff!

Some fun bridges too!

Also some good rock climbing potential.

Not a really big area, and no more room fornew trail building, but very accessable, and really really fun! Lots of fun loop variations!
Definately give it a chance!

It doesnt look like much at first, but keep going!

Also had a ball just pumping around the rocks, and roots, and stumps right near the parking lot!

One day it rained really hard, August 20, or 21st. had a ball, rode back to my rig a couple times, toweled off and went back out for another loop!

I live in Nor CAl and grew up near here.
Went to Wooster school, used to ski Wooster mt. Rope tow).

I'll be back for thangsgiving and plan on here, when I do.

This time I'll have My Bike!

In fact if any of you are able I will be there Thanksgiving Morning, for a hunger ride!
See you there!

Customer Service

Theres a map, about 8-12 miles of singletrack. Hard to estimate.
I rode there two days.
This place is a hrd as you want it.
Beginners can walk abit and still have fun.

Similar Products Used:

Ninam peak, Wooster Woods.

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4
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3
[Apr 15, 1999]
Anonymous

There is everything an experienced Mt Biker could want. Techical singletrack, leg burning climbs, heart stopping downhills plus the "Rock Wall" also known as the 45 rock. Ask someone will show you. Its pretty ballsy if you do both drops and ride thru the fire pit.
If you need general directions there are maps available in the upper parking lot near the mansion.

Customer Service

From the main parking lot there are many options.One of the local favs is to start off towards the water tank when you reach the dam take left and follow technical singletrack around the first lake. Follow till end then take right(slight up hill)Trail will come to an intersection take left and head the hill follow past the little island of trees to the top of hill.Continue on this is a great downhill drops, rolls s-turns and very rocky Trail will fork follow towards the right trail will fork again go towards the left follow this double track for about 2-2 1/2 miles to the "Beacon" Trail is mixture of up hills and very short downhills MOSTLY UP. Once at the top choose any one of the trails down. Be careful these are extremely techincal singletracks. one in particular fro the left side has a 20 foot rocky drop off. Its rideable if you have the conjones. Follow the the trails back down towards the large lake. from here on you can loop around the lake or head back towards the water tank. This is just one of many "loops". Take an entire day a just explore the area. Do not hesitate to ask anyone for directions/advice. Everyone who rides here is straight up cool and mostly likely they will invite you to tag along. Please remember to tread lightly as some areas tend to get wet and muddy. Dense forrest and tends to dry out slowly in places. Have Fun!!!!!

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Bethel Resivoir

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5
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[Jun 09, 1999]
Anonymous

These singletrack trails are SO technical. I had to get off several times, including a time when there was just this metal pole in the middle of the trail that i didnt see in time to compromise. The fields are so fun!!! The climbs in this park arent very hard, but just be careful in picking route. If you stop, getting back on in certain spots is almost impossible.

Currently this single track is way too technical for me, but the fields are AWESOME. If you get far up you can go the whole way down. IT RULES.

Customer Service

Don't know. The single track if you are good. Stay in the fields if you are not.

Similar Products Used:

Bethel Resivoir

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 26, 2000]
Anonymous

I don't know what these people are talking about. I rode this trail a couple of times(I actually lived less than a mile away). I went back the second time because I thought I might have missed something the first. Nope, it just sucks. I live for tight technical rides, and this has none of it, the climbs are like going over a pitchers mound, and the downhills are boring. A nice place to walk your dog and it ends there.

Customer Service

None, don't waste your time

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1
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[Apr 04, 2000]
Anonymous

This place is the best. It's pretty big and easy to get lost so make sure you have plenty of daylight to go exploring. Try to make get up to the beacon for the most challenging terrain. It took me a few times riding there to find it but once you know your way it's a great ride. But be carefull at first. I got lost once and ended up on some back road in West Redding. Finally found Rt7 and took that back into Danbury. (convinced me to buy a map) This is one of the most advanced rides around. I try to ride here at least 2-3 times a week for a quick hard-core workout.

Customer Service

I like to start by going up the driveway past the house and entering the trail on the right near the port-a-potty. I then ride all the way up to the beacon. It is pretty hard to find but well worth it.

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5
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[Apr 26, 2000]
Anonymous

I used to ride on this park evry other day when I lived in Danbury. There is something for everyone here it offers technical terrain as well as easy trails, and once you get past the water tower and the main lake you will pretty much be riding alone on these trails. Lots of families, kids and dogs in the big field and around the main lake; please be considerate as so far there is very little tension between the different groups of trail users.

Customer Service

Go past the house and make a right at the small creek. Climb through the large field and past the water tank. From here climb on to the "Rock Wall". Once there, make a right, which will go downhill to 2 hidden lakes. If you go around the lake on the left and keep following the trail you will coe to a very step climb, and after that you will eventually get to the beacon. From the water tank you could also make a left on to a steep downhill trail that will take you to the main lake in the park. Make a right and go around the lake, or ride the long, flat trails that can be accessed at the far end of the lake, where a small stream runs into it. These are the trails that will take you to West Reddding after a few miles. Retrace your route and you shouldn't have any problems finding your way out of the park.

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Huntington State Park, Steep Rock Reservation in Washington Depot, Wadsworth Falls State Park

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4
VALUE
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[May 10, 2000]
Anonymous

This is a place for beginners to intermediates or those who need to get a quick ride in to get their fix. This place is very mild, hardly technical at all with some singletrack but mostly doubletrack.

Customer Service

Doesn't matter much

Similar Products Used:

If you REALLY want technical riding try Wooster Woods in Danbury or Lilononah in Newtown.

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2
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[Sep 18, 2000]
Anonymous

I do this ride from my house and it takes me about one hour to complete the loop. I do this ride when I dont feel like driving to something better. This ride is not for beginners. Most of the trails are rough and unforgiving. The majority of the double-track is washed out and covered with loose rocks. Because of the steep hills it makes for a good winter training ride. The route I describe here is about 50% single, 50% double-track (minus the road). There is more in here but I think that this is the best of what Tarrywille has to offer. The rest of what used to be single-track has been wiped out by 4x4 ATVs.
Park at the Tarrywille parking lot on Southern Blvd. and ride on the road for about one mile to the trailhead. Turn left out of the parking lot onto Southern Blvd. Turn left at the next intersection (still on Southern Blvd.) Turn left again on Wooster Heights Rd. Take your next left on Terrahaute Rd. Go straight in at the end of Terrahaute. The trail at this point is an overgrown, washed out double track and basically climbs straight up a long hill. At the junk car turn left and continue the climb up to the light tower. The trail from the junk car to the top is very steep and loose. At the top ride straight past the light tower and start a nice single-track descent with a few logs to hop over. Keep your eyes open for a hard right and follow this trail down a challenging steep technical down hill. At the bottom bear right at the T. This trail is a fun technical single-track with lots of logs and stonewalls to climb over. Bear right at the dam and do a great stretch of roots and rocks along the shore of a small pond. When you get to the fork at the far end of the pond stay either to the left (easier) or climb up to the right. Both trails lead up onto a double-track. Follow this trail up hill and bear left at the T. Continue climbing up and over the top and take the next left turn. After this trail narrows into single-track, look for a left turn. This trail leads into the campsite where you will find the 45 rock. The trail goes around the rock on the left and continues up to the top of the hill. At this point you are overlooking the water tank and fields. Follow the trail down to the left (straight is very rocky and steep). Pass the water tank on your left and look for a small single-track that drops into the woods and goes around (counter-clockwise) a pond. The west side of the pond is a nice easy, rolling trail though some pinewoods. After crossing the stream bear left and climb up along the east side of the pond on a nice, little technical trail with some good roots and rocks. From the dam, follow the trail straight down the hill towards the barn. At the barn go straight up a small hill and into the parking lot.

Customer Service

Terrahaute Rd. entrance

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Ninem, Huntington, Brewster Train station

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3
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[Sep 21, 2000]
Anonymous

This park is better for walking and running. I would not recommend biking here.

Customer Service

none

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Ninham in Carmel NY

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2
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