HVCEO - Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials
HVCEO is pleased to provide web hosting
for the Ives Trail.
Ives Trail map looking south. Courtesy of Rick DeWitt
IVES TRAIL GREENWAY BROCHURE
IVES TRAIL GREENWAY AND RELATED MAPS
IVES TRAIL STORE
To visit the "Ives Trail Store," please proceed to this link.
OVERVIEW OF IVES TRAIL GREENWAY
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 thru Tarrywile Park.
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
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.
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
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.
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.