QUINEBAUG RIVER TRAIL:
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Last Updated:September 25, 2012
length: Quinebaug River Trail-Northern section; 1.6 miles
Quinebaug River Trail-Southern section; 3.4 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Paved, relatively flat trail.
To start from the Water Street parking lot; Take exit 91 off of I-395 to Route 6 west. Turn right on Route 12 north (Main St). Take your third left on Commerce Ave, then a left on Water St. A parking lot is on your right next to the trailhead.
To start from the Route 12 ball fields; Take exit 91 off of I-395 to Route 6 west. After passing underneath the Providence & Worcester Railroad bridge, take a left at the first stoplight along Route 12 south. Take your first right past the Killingly Water Treatment Plant and park near the ball fields. The trail runs alongside the river.
For the Northern Section; Take exit 94 off of I-395 to Attawaugan Crossing Rd and head west to Tracy Rd on your right.
The northern section of the Quinebaug River Trail follows alongside a road and is of little scenic interest. The southern section begins in Danielson and travels along the Quinebaug River for its entire route. Danielson was the largest cotton manufacturing center in the state. Providence & Danielson Trolley cars ran from Danielson through East Killingly into RI. The Connecticut Company and its predecessors ran north-south through the mill towns along the Quinebaug River until 1925. It appears that part of the Quinebaug River Trail runs along part of this former rail line? For more information visit; EAST COAST GREENWAY .
Starting from Attawaugan Crossing Road; The paved trail heads north alongside Tracy Rd in Dayville. It travels underneath I-395 and then into Putnam where it follows alongside Park Rd. After traveling underneath an active RR trestle it ends after 1.6 miles in an industrial park.
Starting from the Water Street parking lot; A small amphitheatre is located to your right next to the Quinebaug River.
Note; The pedestrian bridge is part of the trail but currently ends across the river at Palmer St and Prospect Ave.
Heading south the trail follows a sidewalk along Water St out to Main St. Turn right, crossing the river and you'll come to Route 6. Use the cross-light over Route 6 and turn left along the narrow sidewalk. This will bring you to the paved trail after 0.3 miles.
Note; A cross-light over Route 6 brings you to a second parking lot along Water Street.
Head right to an overlook of an old canal, then left back along the trail. There are several granite overlooks of the Quinebaug River located far below, however, they are mostly overgrown and afford little views. There are benches and picnic tables along this section of the trail. After 0.8 miles the paved trail follows a sidewalk downhill briefly along Route 12. Turn right to rejoin the paved trail as it passes by the Killingly Water Treatment Plant and brings you alongside the river. Be sure to hold your nose. You'll pass by the Route 12 ball fields parking area and a canoe launch with a map board for the QUINEBAUG RIVER WATER TRAIL . The trail heads into the woods and passes a gigantic Sycamore tree at 1.3 miles. Cross over an iron rail bridge and admire the nice cedar rail fencing along the trail. At 2.1 miles your high above the river as you pass a cement retaining wall. Cross Quinebaug Drive and travel along a short berm (this is reminiscent of a rail trail) before coming to the current end of the trail after 3.3 miles at Gloria Ave.
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