|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Starting in the lower parking lot below the Tarrywile Mansion is where you start your hike. You can see the statue of Mother Mary across the street as well as a church on West Street. Now hike over the small hill to the red barn. There you can view a map of the park that has over 21 miles of trails on 722 Acres. You may even find a free trails map in the dispenser next to the large map of the park. Now hike past the big red silo to Parks Pond. Here you will hike around Parks Pond and end up on the large grass field looking back at the red barn and silo. From here you will start hiking towards the big green water tower. As you are above the water tower you will have your first awesome view of Danbury. Now follow the trail over the hill where the trail splits Back Pond and Tarrywile Lake. Here you will hike the trail to the right. This is where you will have the toughest part of the trail as you climb to an elevation of 900ft. and end up at the Light Beacon. From there the trail zig zags then ends up leading you to the left were you will end up at the Mootry Peak look out. Here you can enjoy incredible views of Danbury all the way to Lake Candlewood, plus views of over 20 miles away on a clear day. Now it is time to start your hike down. Hiking to the left back down the other side to where the trail splits Back Pond and Tarrywile Lake. From here you will back track to the water tower then to Parks Pond where you will meet the trail that takes you across Brush Hill Road to the Hearthstone Castle built in 1899. Then after that it’s a quick walk back across the street where you pass the Tarrywile Mansion to the parking lot where your hike started.