in Woodbury CT allows a hiker the
unique opportunity to combine
natural beauty with historic
scenery. The trail system at
Orenaug Park is simple but offers
a nice mixture of woodlands, rocky
ledges, ponds, and overviews. The highlight includes an 80 foot fire tower with fantastic views in all directions!
Although not officially part
of the trail system, a hiker can
easily incorporate some of Main
Street and create a nice trail
The entrance to
Orenaug Park can be found in the
upper most parking lot of the
group of buildings that make up
the town municipalities behind the
library and police station.
There is a map kiosk of the Woodbury Bike Trail and you can park right there. Walk into the field and towards the stone wall fence at forest’s edge. You will come across one of two entrances to the trail system though neither is obvious from the parking lot. The trail you take is ORANGE blaze. (PLEASE NOTE: There is a hard to see trail information post that clearly says $150,000 liability will be yours if you bring a minor and the tower is damaged accidentally or otherwise by a minor. It’s a legal necessity in order to keep the tower open to the public but you should not mess around with the tower as was commonly done in the past. Ok…you’ve been warned. Now let’s get up there for those amazing views!) Most people hike
up to the fire tower observation
for great views, in all directions, of the
surrounding valley. You’ll walk the orange marked trail to the top of a forested hill where there is a distinct fork in the path. You’ll want to take a very sharp left (up/north) to the tower which is a very short distance from this fork. A few feet into this tower trail you’ll notice RED/BLUE marking on a tree. Red/Blue takes you to tower trail. The
tower is enclosed with mesh wiring
but it's important to pay
attention as one slip on the steep
staircase could result in a
serious fall. (And also
beware of broken glass at the base
of the tower if trail volunteers haven’t been around in awhile.)
On your way back from the tower
you can check out the red trail
that goes farther into the forest and eventually down to the opposite side of Orenaug Park from where you’ve parked back at the police station and senior center lot. Taking this red trail, instead of going back on the orange to your car will allow for a fantastic loop hike. It’s not for beginners are those out of shape. If you’re ramping up to bigger hikes it is best just to do the orange trail in and out now. The red trail takes you along a ridge top and
with rocky overviews along this
part of the trail. (NOTE: this ridge trail has several side trails to cliff overviews that aren’t official trails but made by locals through the years. It is potentially DANGEROUS if you are not familiar with this place. It would be very easy to walk right up out of the forest to high and knee wobbling drop-off if you weren’t given a heads up. If you take one of these side trails please take it easy in there and this is especially true of children who like to jump around on rocks. Not a good idea to take a toddler to these cliff.) You’ll keep going along the ridge and then start downhill which will take you too a road called Park Road. Take a RIGHT (west) onto
the road and follow it back to
Main Street (Route 6). As you walk
along Park Road you'll see a
neat little pond and some short
cliffs that are popular with local
rock climbers. The pond is
public property even though it
appears to be part of a residence.
Have a seat on the park
bench and soak in the nice scene
then head on to Main Street.
Take a RIGHT (north) on to Main
Street and visit the Civil War
memorial (just keep a close on
any children as the memorial is
right next to a very busy Main Street/Route 6).
The memorial salutes local
residents who joined the Union
Army to keep America united.
As you make your way back to
Woodbury Library parking lot,
notice all the antique shops along
the way. The shops are world
famous and many of the
houses are historic landmarks.
You'd be hard pressed to see more
antique shops per square mile
anywhere else in New England.
Orenaug Park is a perfect
outing if you wanted to get some
fresh air but want quick access
to a town center. And it's a
great place for family or group
hiking. Trail info verified: November 2016Town website
easiest way to get to Orenaug Park
is get on I -84 and take exit 15 (Southbury).
At end of the ramp take Rt. 6
east heading towards Woodbury Center
(just follow the signs for
Woodbury). Go through
Southbury and into Woodbury.
At the intersection of Rt. 6
and Rt. 302 is Woodbury Library.
Turn into the library and
follow the driveway all the way to
the upper lot above the police
station where you will see the large
wooden trail sign for Orenaug Park and Woodbury Bike Path.
version of the Orenaug Park page
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