About the Park

Tarrywile Park, a 722 acre municipal park is open to all the residents of the Greater Danbury area community.

The Park, once an active Dairy farm and fruit orchard is now home to 21 miles of hiking trails, 2 ponds, a lake and several picnic areas.

Campsites are available for those looking to enjoy a rustic and unique experience at Connecticut’s largest municipally-owned park. A variety of sites are located within the park to accommodate your needs, download our Hiking Trails Guide for the locations of the campsites. Please contact the Mansion Office at 203-744-3130 for an appointment Monday – Friday 9 am – 3:30 pm to obtain a permit.

Please read our tips on Enjoying the Park Safely this Spring with guidelines for social distancing and COVID-19 policy updates.

photo of girls sitting by the pond
sign warning of bird nesting area keep out of hayfield

Hours & Use

The park is open to the public year round, seven days a week from
sunrise to sunset (weather permitting) at no charge.

A REQUEST TO ALL BRIDES, GROOMS, LIMOUSINE DRIVERS/COMPANIES AND PHOTOGRAPHERS: If you are considering Tarrywile Park and Mansion as the location for your wedding photo’s or quick ceremony at the gazebo please call the office first to ensure that we do not have a wedding already scheduled for that date. It is beyond rude for my bridal couple, who are paying a considerable amount of money to hold their wedding with us, to have to see another wedding on the property on their special day. Tarrywile Mansion event paying rentals have priority use of the gazebo, grape arbor and upper and lower parking lots. It is because of these rentals Tarrywile Park and Mansion is able to remain the beautiful property that it is, so please be considerate of our request.

Bird Nesting Areas from May 1st thru July 31st: Please help us preserve their fragile eco system by staying on the roadways & marked trails. The fields will not be mowed during this period.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Rules & Regulations

  • Danbury City Ordinance, Section 12.3, mandates and requires that dogs must be on leash at all times
  • Connecticut State Statue Sec. 22-364, mandates that dogs be under the control of their owner or keeper.
  • Permits Required for Camping and Camp Fires.
  • Connecticut Fishing Liscense is required for fishing. They may be purchased at the Town Clerks Office at Danbury City Hall.

The following activities are strictly prohibited per park rules:

  • Motorized vehicles
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Swimming
  • Loud Music
  • Boisterous Behavior
  • Hunting
  • Littering
  • Motorboats

The following activities are strictly prohibited in accordance of the FAA and Danbury Airport:

  • Rockets
  • Drone Flying
  • Kite Flying
  • Radio Controlled Planes, Helicopters etc.
  • Fireworks
sign of scotty dog with leash message


With confirmed sightings of a bear in Tarrywile Park, we wish to take a moment to post the Connecticut DEEP recommendations regarding Bear encounters while hiking.


Bears normally leave an area once they have sensed a human. If you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance. Aggression by bears towards humans is exceptionally rare.

DO make your presence known by making noise while hiking. Hike in groups. If you see a bear, make enough noise and wave your arms so the bear is aware of your presence.

DO keep dogs on a leash and under control. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.

DO back away slowly if you surprise a bear nearby.

DON’T approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.

DON’T run or climb a tree. If possible, wait in a vehicle or building until the bear leaves the area.

DO be offensive if the bear approaches you. Make more noise, wave your arms, and throw objects at the bear. Black bears rarely attack humans. If you are attacked, do not play dead. Fight back with anything available.

Please visit the following pagefor a more in depth article concerning bears.

DEEP – Problems with Bears