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Crag of 120 routes, of which roughly 100 are on private property which has been closed to climbing by the owner.

Getting There

Located in Woodbury, CT the climbing at this town park can be accessed from the North as well as the South. To access the Northern section of the cliff, park at back of the senior center on Main St in Woodbury (across from Sycamore Ave) and head into the woods going East. Along the south end of the park along Park Rd, is another parking lot which can be used to access the Southern portion. Please note the base of the cliff on the south end is private and you should not climb on the cliffs above even though they it's town owned land.

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A new private property sign was recently posted (5/12/12) at the inflow of the pond. This hand written, taped to a tree sign designates where the State Park ends and where the private property begins. May 12, 2012
micah richard
Litchfield, Connecticut
micah richard   Litchfield, Connecticut
The entire cliff face itself is actually owned by the town of woodbury. Some of the land at the bottom is privately owned. So technically you can legally climb in the "closed" area if you lower from the top and never touch the ground. However, the land owner of the house by the viewing wall area will come out and scream at you and call the cops. He feels he also owns the air above the ground that you are hanging in. Aparently this also applies to aircraft. So if your looking for a hasle, and are somewhat of a jack ass, feel free to employ this technique. Mar 23, 2013
Morgan Patterson   CT  
Ha - Classic! Mar 25, 2013
No, don't.

Morgan, you're an administrator, moreover a CT climber. Please don't encourage activities that could further jeopardize limited resources. A more appropriate response would have been to ask Micah to delete his comment. I cut my teeth at Orenaug and always return to run laps when I'm in town, and still feel like a steward of the area-- we all should.

Woodbury has close to 150 climbs, the tallest and greatest number are in the area under dispute. Access is sensitive and acting rudely won't help anyone. The property owner has argued that the cliff is representative of the property line and that property lines are three dimensional.

Be conservative and don't be rude. We would like to have this awesome resource opened to legal climbing again. Oct 13, 2013
Morgan Patterson   CT  
Chris - thanks for posting... You mis-understood my post, "HA" - its a laughable situation and "Classic!" as it is a classic example of a CT access issue. Micah's post is right on after my researching the issue with Leslie and Fasulo recently. There's also no threat of loosing any further climbing resources at this point but Micah's post was also sarcastic and I think you missed that... which is good to clarify. The cops will come kick you off the cliff above the lake house property even though it is town owned land.

Edit: Also as the RC for the Access Fund in the area I still have a few questions which you might be able to assist in answering. Below is a GIS image of the property boundaries around the park. #2 is land owner Micah identified above, what about land owner #1? Do they have issues with climbers? Only a small portion of the cliff lies on #2 and the a large part of the cliff appears to be on #1.

Oct 15, 2013
micah richard
Litchfield, Connecticut
micah richard   Litchfield, Connecticut
Yes it was sarcasm by the way. People have actually done this though. Im pretty sure the lot #1 is the guy who is angry about climbers. I do not think the lot #2 people care, or maybe there land does not go to the cliff. The number2 area is the open part , if i'm not mistaken. Nov 7, 2013
micah richard
Litchfield, Connecticut
micah richard   Litchfield, Connecticut
Also if properties are 3 dimensional does that mean that i own the moon for the split second it might be directly above my house? I'm guessing that won't hold up in Judge wapner's court. My deed does not say anything about me owning the air above my property. I know i am being retarded right now, but what about airplanes? I mean no disrespect , but how is that any different? food for thought , i guess. Nov 7, 2013
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
I lived in CT (Brookfield, near Danbury) and climbed at Orenaug before the days of the closure. At that time (1980's - early '90's) there was no house in lot #1, and the owner of the lake house ("Lot #2"), while not exactly loving of climbers did not usually mind a group of 3 or 4 who knew what they were doing.
Even after the house on lot #1 got built, there was a time when there were no objections. Then, I don't know what happened...maybe it was the accident to a climber who felt 30-40 ft and probably only lived because he bounced back and forth between a large tree and the cliff face, shedding momentum with every encounter. (I was there that day, and believe it was caused by "only one strand of rope in the rap device") Fire & rescue accessed (with permission, I understand) the cliff via house # 1 driveway. ....or maybe it was a "youth group in training" screaming all day.
In any event, house #1 put up a lot of signs. When I asked the lady living there, she said she was fearful of her children trying what they might see climbers doing. Reasonable, I suppose, but once the children are grown....???

For a while the "lake / pond" house (#2) continued to be ok with climbers, [and Micah seems to think they still are, see above comment.] who would use the cliff up to the line of house # 1 where there was a cairn (almost a wall across the trail) and a large sign. There are some nice climbs up to the southern boundary of house #1, and I hope they are still open.

I think there is SOME of the cliff (north of the climb "20th Century") where the land at the base is town/park land, and this MAY be open to climbing??? Access is via the spur of the hiking trail that starts from the parking lot (actually the "official" parking for Orenaug Park) associated with the town building (library? / police station?) seen in the 5th lot north of House #1's lot. I've done a couple of routes down there before I moved to NH and they are pretty good ( 2 and 1 "stars") and could be better with some wire brushing.
Bob Hall
Jan 27, 2015
Morgan Patterson   CT  
Thanks for the post Rob - It was my understanding from Fasulo and Lesie (RMF) who had been working heavily on the access with the town that #2 was the problem but if what you guys say is correct, then I would assume both are off limits. As for OPEN climbing, I would count anything north of the top of property #1 (if it is in fact off limits). Jan 28, 2015
Hey all! :) Has there been any updates on access rights? Sep 16, 2017