Quinebaug River Trail


Quinebaug River Trail Facts

States: Connecticut
Counties: Windham
Length: 4.8 miles
Trail end points: Attawaugan Crossing Rd. to Park Rd. (Putnam) and Palmer St. to Gloria Ave. (Danielson)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6297551
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Quinebaug River Trail Description

As of January 2012 the Quinebaug River Trail has two segments. The southern segment follows the course of the Quinebaug River in Danielson, beginning at the intersection of Palmer Street and Prospect Avenue, crossing a bridge over Fivemile Pond then heading south along the east bank of the river to Gloria Avenue. The northern segment runs between the Holiday Inn just west of the Attawaugan Crossing/Ballouville Exit (# 94) off I-395 and Park Road in Putnam, ending just after it crosses under the railroad tracks. The segment parallels Tracy and Park roads. You can continue north into Putnam and connect with the Putnam River Trail.

Eventually the Quinebaug River Trail will become part of the East Coast Greenway, stretching from Florida to Maine.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the northern segment, park off Tracy Road just north of Attawaugan Crossing Road. To access the southern segment, park along Gloria Avenue at the southern terminus and at the ballfields behind the Killingly Water Plant or two places on Water Street at the northern terminus near Fivemile Pond.

Quinebaug River Trail Reviews

It's a fantastic trail. I went after a snowstorm a few days after and to my surprise the trail itself was nice and clean, snow cleared! It runs along the Quinebaug River and it is a very peaceful place for a walk. I have not completed this trail seeing how we just started walking but will look forwarded to completing this trail. Great place for a bike ride, Walk, Run, skate, strollers. All paved once you get to the trail.

it's mainly flat, woodsy but not much else. we did have a picnic lunch down by the river where the kids got to play a little. we saw a few family's, and a few sketchy people as well. not sure I would have been comfortable doing this ride with just my kids.

We decided to do this trail on National Open "Bike Trail" day, 4/16/16 and it was very pleasant. The trail is short, mainly flat and very clean with no major issues with the road condition or obstacles.

Nice trail to do after a winter of indoor cycling in order to get the kinks out.


I rode the southern part of this trail again on 7/23/14 to check conditions and to see if any new construction had taken place, after not having visited in about 5 years. The trail extends now, about 4 miles south of the parking area in the center of Danielson, at the major intersection of US 6 and CT 12, and for me, this part, south of the baseball fields, was a new experience, although it has been in place for a few years. It's a very nice, and quite scenic and wooded cruise along the Quinebaug river, even though you are relatively close to civilization, you could easily imagine being miles away. It’s paved all the way south to where the trail ends at a gravel access driveway, if you get to this point, and want to continue on a bike, go right and in less than a hundred yards you find yourself in a nice housing development on Gloria Drive (Still in Danielson, I think). If not on a bike, your option is to turn around to return. From Gloria Drive one option for intermediate to advanced riders (not for families) is - through the neighborhoods out to CT 12, Wauregan Rd, to go south, then east on CT 14 to Green Hollow Road, then north returning to the start for a total of about 14 miles.

I rode this trail south of Danielson in August 2009. The pavement was in good shape and the scenery was very nice. There is no traffic once you get out of the town center. Much of the paved trail south of the baseball fields is actually on the old Connecticut Company’s (trolley) private right of way.

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