Bear Mountain Reservation

Danbury, Connecticut 6813

Bear Mountain Reservation

Bear Mountain Reservation Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Once a working farmstead at the crest of a hill overlooking meadows and gently rolling wooded hills, this 140-acre parcel is now a city of Danbury park. The red trail in Bear Mountain Reservation is a graceful loop through fields, passing the foundation of a barn and stone walls, into medium-growth deciduous forest with views of the Danbury Bay section of Candlewood Lake in the distance through the trees.

From the trailhead, follow the Red Trail. Immediately to your left will be an old barn foundation that clearly survived a fire since any wood pieces embedded in the stone are charred. Farther along, you’ll pass a few old apple trees fringing wide-open fields that slope down toward the woods’ edge to your right in the distance, providing good views of the hills beyond."

Bear Mountain Reservation Reviews

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This was my first time hiking at Bear Mountain Reservation. It is a nice, chill little hike, with ample parking. Trails are pretty well-marked, dog and kid friendly (not really stroller friendly, though), and maps are available at the parking lot just before the entrance of the trails. You have options here: you can stay on relatively flat terrain or take a slightly more challenging trail down to Lake Candlewood. There are lots of trees, meadows, lake access, and just enough up and down rolling hilly parts to make you feel like you are actually on a hike instead of just a casual walk. When I was here it was evident that a recent storm created a bit of tree damage. There were some downed trees, which often blocked the trail, so you may have to crawl over or under them. I thought that was sort of fun. Part of the Red trail overlooks Lake Candlewood and the views are very pretty. Despite the proximity to homes and roads, it is quite easy to imagine yourself deep in a Connecticut forest when you go here. I also noticed a few picnic tables near the parking lot if you want to have a picnic with your family or friends. I definitely will be hiking here again.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
155 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
March through November
TOPO! New England
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018