Putnam River Heritage Trail
Along the Quinebaug River in Putnam, CT
Parking: There are a number of small open lots along Kennedy Drive Putnam, CT
The Putnam River Trail confusingly overlaps with the River Mills Heritage Trail, but is defined as the black trail in the map above. The trail is about two miles along the eastern side of the Quinebaug River before passing over a former railroad trestle serving as a pedestrian bridge. There is a number of scenic views including Cargill Falls as well as historic mills.
There is also the Mills Heritage Trail 1.1 mile trail that, “commemorates Putnam’s link to the American Industrial Revolution” as it passes six historic mills including the Cargill Falls Mill as well as the Morse mansion. The Putnam site claims the Cargill Falls Mill is the oldest cotton mill site in the nation from 1807, but Steve at CTMQ dug up this correction, which Wikipedia corroborates.
The trail level and easy for walking or biking with informational signboards along the way. A stop at Rotary Park or continuing along the Putnam River Trail are encouraged.
See the Trail Map for more information.
CTMQ – The Putnam River & Mill Heritage Trails (2017)
Peter Marteka – A River Trail With A View Of Putnam’s Mill History (2013)