Sunday in the park with Dan

It might be presumptuous to think a suburban enclave like Wilton could have a town forest, but it does, and at 188 acres the aptly named Town Forest is Wilton’s largest park.

Those who have never visited the Town Forest, or who would like to get to know it better, are invited to a guided walk on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 1. The gathering spot will be the entrance at Pin Oak Lane. Dan Berg, chairman of the Wilton Conservation Commission, will lead the walk. There is no charge and there will be hot chocolate and cookies afterward.

The walk is one of a series that is a joint effort of the Conservation Commission and Wilton Garden Club. It’s an effort Mr. Berg feels strongly about.

“Many of us move here for the open space,” Mr. Berg said, but often the focus is on ball fields and playgrounds. “We want to get people into our parks. … We have this great resource where you can lose yourself for a while.

“Our goal is to do this once a month with a different guide at a different park each time,” he said. “We want to do this all seasons of the year.

“People think of going to a park as a summer thing, but we are thinking of doing a snowshoe hike in January or February. The plan is to offer a hike the third Sunday of each month except for December.

“You could spend hours walking in here,” Mr. Berg said of the Town Forest.

The appeal? “It’s just pretty,” he said simply, “especially now that not all the leaves are down. You get a sense of where you are walking.”

Mr. Berg said the hike he will lead will be a loop along Barrett’s Brook, which runs through the park. There are some small “burbling” waterfalls and bridges over the water. Farther in the park and off the trail are some landmarks people could visit on their own, he said, including a somewhat bigger waterfall and a granite wall outcropping that was used as an encampment in Colonial days.

“This park is very actively used by walkers, people with dogs, mountain bikers, and people riding horses,” he said. The trails are well marked and in good shape, thanks in large part to the mountain bikers who help maintain them.

The guided walk is open to everyone, but because the trail is rugged — there are many rocks and exposed roots — it might be best for those ages 5 and up who are steady on their feet.

Anyone planning to participate is asked to RSVP so commission and garden club members can get in touch in case the walk needs to be postponed for any reason. Call Jackie Algon at 203-210-5240 to register or email