Putnam River Trail

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The Putnam River Trail extends between Arch Street in the Putnam District and Providence Street to the south. The trail follows the east bank of the Quinebaug River between the river and Kennedy Drive, with views of Cargill Falls. The trail passes through the town of Putnam, known for its antique shopping, and through local parks.

Along the way interpretive displays tell about Putnam's railroad history, textile mills, the 1955 flood and the area's founding citizens. One 200-foot pedestrian bridge is built on the stone foundation of an old railroad trestle. The trail offers scenic views of the river along its route.

Parking and Trail Access

There are several parking lots along Kennedy Street.


Nice But Noisy

   October, 2016 by ctbiker_tl

This trail is perfect for families or anyone wanting to walk, run, or bike, in a safe place. It has a nice dog park, a bike repair station, picnic tables, benches, canoe launch, and other things that make this place very inviting. I love how it follows ...read more

Nice walk

   October, 2015 by donnaad

I have been currently going to the dog park in Putnam and today my dog and I walked the two miles from the dog park to Davis Park and back. I am not sure who was more dog tired ! I found the walk to be pleasant and even since we had the option of grass ...read more

on the fence with this review

   April, 2014 by marthahikes

It's a beautiful walk for sure. Nice place for a family to try out the training wheels an picnic. Too short with too many traffic lights for most adults on bikes. No geese or signs of them when we went. The BIG drawback is that it's beautiful on one side ...read more