Hike Putnam, CT

(Part of Windham County)

If you’re looking for the best hiking trails in Putnam this is the complete guide to all the long trails, waterfalls, and history it has to offer.

Putnam has three trails for 3.1 miles of hiking.  There are views of Cargill Falls as well as limited fishing and boating along the Quinebaug River.




Hiking |expand|

Town Parks

  • River Mill Heritage Trail –★★– 1.6 miles – Popular paved walking path along the east bank of the Quinebaug River with views of mill history and Cargill Falls

Land Trust

State Parks / Forest

  • Air Line Trail State Park –★★– 2.7 mile – Putnam is currently a gap in the trail, there is about 2.7 miles through the town but at least another 1.5 miles  of road to rejoin the trail in Thompson

Blue Blaze

  • None

The Rest

  • Cargill Falls –★★– No trails – The River Heritage Trail passes this waterfall, but fences prevent all close access

Boating/Fishing |expand|

Breweries, Bakeries, and More |expand|

Town History |expand|

Putnam was incorporated from lands of Pomfret, Thompson and Killingly in May 1855 making it the 156th oldest town in Connecticut.  It is named for Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam.

Now go out and hike Putnam, CT!

Tamler Preserve


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Tamler Preserve Wyndham Land Trust 220 acres in Putnam and Thompson, CT Parking: Shoulder parking near 128 Elmwood Hill Rd Thompson, CT Trail Map       Trails: 0.65 miles …

Putnam River Heritage Trail


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Putnam River Heritage Trail Putnam Town Park Along the Quinebaug River in Putnam, CT Parking: There are a number of small open lots along Kennedy Drive Putnam, CT… Read more…