Open Space Trails
An extensive network of trails open to the public free of charge is found throughout the open space system. Depending on the particular open space area, the trails are used for hiking, leisurely walking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. They also provide all of the benefits associated with the enjoyment of scenic views and the natural environment. The trails also allow the open space areas to serve as outdoor classrooms for nature study by students of all ages.
In 2009, thanks to Frank Rice, former Conservation Commission member and Fairfield University biology professor, a guide book entitled 'Walking Through Fairfield's Open Spaces' was published. The book was created as a guide to some of the more popular Open Space walking and hiking trails in Fairfield. Professor Rice undertook the project not only to encourage use and enjoyment of the open spaces, but also to promote environmental stewardship. In 2019, content from the book was made available online.
The Town has guided trail maps for the following open spaces. Below is both a map view and list view for these spaces. A complete version of the guide book can be viewed here.
Click on the name in the Open Space column below to visit a webpage dedicated to the individual open space. Click in the Map column to view its trail map.
||In the northern part of town; Commonly used for hiking, horseback riding, camping, and cross-country skiing
|Flower House Drive and Duck Farm
||On the east bank of the Mill River; Adjacent to Riverfield parcel
||Located near Lake Mohegan in the Mill River watershed; Enjoyed mostly by hikers.
||Previously used as farmland; Well-suited for hiking and cross-country skiing
||Part of the Mill River watershed; Offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, fishing and horseback riding
||East side of the Mill River, just downstream of Sturges Road Bridge; abuts Perry's Mill Ponds
||Mostly forested area near the Mill River and Black Rock Turnpike; Primarily used by hikers
||Near Ash Creek; Offers boating, fishing, shellfishing, hiking, picnicking, and a playground
|Perry's Mill Ponds
||Located on the Mill River near a historic dam; Well-suited for hiking and fishing
|Pine Creek Marsh
||Encompasses the tidal wetlands of the Pine Creek watershed; ideal for hiking
||Near Riverfield School and the floodplain of the Mill River
|Samp Mortar Rock
||Just west of Samp Mortar Lake; Used for historic conservation, hiking and wildlife conservation
||Located near the Mill River floodplain; Best for hiking and fishing
Click on the points of interest for information on each guided Open Space.
It is always important to be prepared when hiking. Click on the links below for some helpful tips and reminders.
Trail Maps and Other Documents
Use the drop-down box here to view trail guides, maps and other documents related to visiting open space areas.
Listing files in 'Open Space'