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The City of Danbury Connecticut led the development of the Ives Trail Greenway, a regional trail that links open spaces in Bethel, Danbury, Redding and Ridgefield, Connecticut.


The trail extends twenty miles, from Redding Open Space to Terre Haute in Bethel, northwesterly to Rogers Park in Danbury, past the Charles Ives Homestead, and then southerly through Tarrywile Park.

It then continues southwesterly across Route 7 and through Wooster Mountain State Park to the existing trail systems in Ridgefield’s Bennetts Pond Park and Pine Mountain Park.


Ives Trail map looking south. Courtesy of Rick DeWitt


The Ives Trail is named in honor of Charles E. Ives. Born in Danbury in 1874, Ives is noted for his original classical compositions, winning the Pulitzer prize in 1947 for his Symphony Number 3. Danbury’s Ives has the significant distinction of being Connecticut’s state composer.

The Ives Trail Committee has carefully planned a trail that protects sensitive environmental areas. In consultation with The National Park Service and The Conway School of Landscape Design, a management and maintenance plan for the trail has been prepared. Local conservation groups, the City of Danbury and Towns of Bethel, Redding and Ridgefield are strong supporters of this greenway.

The Ives Trail & Regional Greenway Association has received Tax Exempt 501 (c ) 3 status from the IRS. You can support the trail using the button below.


The trail has been completed although parts need further work. The main portion officially opened on June 3, 2006, National Trails Day, when 19 persons became the first to hike the entire trail.

A second group hike was held on June 5, 2010. Here is a description of that hike, its landmarks and scenery.

Hiking enthusiasts who have completed the Ives Trail from start to finish can apply for a commemorative patch suitable for affixing to a jacket, backpack, or hat, and any one can purchase Ives Trail t-shirts at Tarrywile Mansion.

Please be aware that the trail traverses some difficult and rugged terrain. If you encounter terrain which is beyond your ability, please turn back. Those who use the Ives Trail do so at their own risk.

Parts of the trail are open to mountain bikes and horses, but by easement agreements some sections are not open to them. The trail is not open to any motorized use.