Woodland Park Nature Preserve is the largest park in Darien encompassing extensive hiking rails for study or casual enjoyment.

There are two entrances to the park. One entrance is located on West Avenue; the other is on Middlesex Road, where there is a small parking lot.

Before you enter the trail system from Middlesex Road, you will notice an exhibit in the display case.  The exhibit, changed periodically, will educate hikers to some of the natural phenomenon they are about to encounter.  As you begin your hike, you will come across a footbridge over a stream built by a Boy Scout several years ago.  It is one of many projects accomplished by the Boy Scouts to improve the park.

Various stations are located along the trail systems to describe the natural habitat.  Turtle Pond and Old Maid’s Pond are two of the main attractions at the park. Ducks, turtles, frogs and other small animals find the ponds a great place to live! 

So, please do not disturb the park or the animals that call this park their home.  Spend an afternoon learning and enjoying a natural preserve that’s right in your own backyard.

The Footbridge

The footbridge was built by the Boy Scouts to improve the park and prevent further erosion. The area around the footbridge and brook consists of many plants as well as diverse trees surrounding it. Plants such as, New York Fern, Hayscented Fern, False Hellebore exist along with the Tulip trees, Dogwood, Shagbark Hickory, and Beech Trees.

Water Strider

American Bullfrog


Baby Turtles just born

Japanese Maple

Turtle Pond and Old Maid's Pond

Turtle Pond is a man-made pond formed by damming the stream that flows through the park and provides a constant and necessary source of water for wildlife. At both ponds, Water Spiders, frogs, turtles and ducks exist as
well as a variety of plants such as Hayscented Ferns, Christmas Ferns,Trout Lillies, and Skunk Cabbage, to name a few.

Old Maid's Pond 

Turtle Pond 

Christmas Fern

American Beech 


Butterfly Weed




False Hellebore