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Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor

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The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor in northeastern Connecticut and south central MA has been called 'the last green valley' in the Boston-to-Washington megalopolis. Close to Hartford, Providence, and Worcester, but far enough away to avoid urban sprawl, this 1086 square mile region remains predominately rural. Itís rivers wind through rolling hills linking regionís many small towns, farmlands, forests and mills.

The past 50 years have brought many changes to the Corridor. Factories have been recycled into housing, antique and craft shops, and high-tech industry. Despite this, the region has retained its fundamental character, with farms, lush woodlands and clean waterways, authentic sites representing distinct periods of American history, and opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy a rural, small-town lifestyle.

The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor is a special kind of park. It embraces 35 towns, numerous villages and a total population of about 300,000. The federal government does not own or manage any of the land as it does in traditional national parks. Instead, citizens, businesses, nonprofit cultural and environmental organizations, local and state governments, and the National Park Service work together to preserve and celebrate the region's cultural, historical and natural heritage.

   

CONTACTS

Email - quinebaug.shetucket@snet.net

Fax- 860-928-2189

Write to
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.
107 Providence Street
Putnam, CT 06260

Phone
Visitor Information - 860-963-7226

TRAVEL BASICS

Getting There
CAR - Major access roads are I-84 from Hartford and I-395 from the New London area and Worcester. Within the heritage corridor, a 32-mile section of Conn. Route 169 is a National Scenic Byway and 19.5-mile section of Conn. Route 49 is a State Scenic Byway.

Weather & Climate
New England weather is notable for rapid change. Temperature during the summer is 70-80s F., winter 20-40s F. and spring/fall 50-70s F. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoor activities based on the season.

FEES/PERMITS

Entrance Fee

Free!
No admission fees to the Corridor or to most of its regular programs and events. Some of the private nonprofit historical and environmental sites of interest do charge admission or accept donations for special events and programs.

LODGING


The Heritage Corridor offers a full range of privately owned motels, country inns, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds and recreational trailer parks. A brochure on accommodations may be received from Connecticut's Quiet Corner.

FACILITIES

Visitor Centers
STATE WELCOME CENTER
Available Facilities - The State Welcome Center, westbound on I-84 in Willington, has free brochures, maps and information available. The Coventry Visitor Center, 1195 Main St./Route 31 in downtown Coventry, provides free travel information from May to September. Connecticut's Quiet Corner supplies racks of brochures in each of 21 towns in their district. The Norwich Tourism Office is located at 69 Main St. in Norwich.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor.
 Campgrounds Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
West Thompson Campground, Windham County, 3 miles away
Stateline Campresort, East Killingly, 5 miles away
Hide-a-way Cove Campground, Danielson, 6 miles away
Buck Hill Family Campground, Pascoag, 6 miles away
Bowdish Lake Camping Area, Chepachet, 6 miles away
Mashamuquet Brook Campground, Windham County, 7 miles away
Webster KOA Family Kampground, Webster, 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
Americas Best Value Inn Putnam, Putnam District , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Dayville, Dayville , 3 miles away
Quiet Corner Inn, Brooklyn , 6 miles away
Knights Inn Plainfield, Moosup , 10 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Norwich-Plainfield-Casino, Plainfield , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Plainfield, Plainfield , 13 miles away
Southbridge Hotel And Conference Center, Southbridge , 14 miles away
 Trails Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
Border Trail, Providence County , 5 miles away
Munyan Trail, Providence County , 7 miles away
Walkabout Trail, Providence County , 7 miles away
Ross Trail, Providence County , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
Woodstock Town Beach, Windham County , 12 miles away
YWCA Beach, Providence County , 15 miles away
Flynns Beach, Providence County , 15 miles away
Spring Lake Beach, Providence County , 15 miles away
Point Rok Beach, Worcester County , 19 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 30 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 30 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Yawgoo Valley, Rhode Island , 31 miles away, 245 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Blue Hills, Massachusetts , 54 miles away, 309 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 57 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Powder Ridge, Connecticut , 63 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 64 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 65 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 69 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Bradford, Massachusetts , 71 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
 Whitewater Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
Quinebaug River, Windham County , 6 miles away, Class III - 0.5 miles long (Below Route 6)
Clear and Branch, Providence County , 14 miles away, Class I-II - 7.5 miles long (Harrisville to Nasonville)
Natchaug River, Tolland Windham County , 19 miles away, Class II-IV - 0.9 miles long (England Road to Route 198)
Quaboag River, Worcester Hampden County , 27 miles away, Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (Warren to Route 67)
Whitewater Outfitter - New England Action Sports, Kent County , 28 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
 Public Lands Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 26 miles away
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 61 miles away
Quaddick State Park, Connecticut , 5 miles away
Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Connecticut , 8 miles away
Douglas State Forest, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor:
Harrisville Golf Course, Woodstock , 5 miles away
Brooklyn Golf Course, Brooklyn , 7 miles away
Foster Country Club, Foster , 12 miles away
Blackstone National Golf Club, Sutton , 13 miles away
Royal Oaks Country Club, Southbridge , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor
Alexander Lake, Windham County , 3 miles away
Peck Pond, Providence County , 5 miles away
Little Pond, Windham County , 6 miles away
Lake Chaubunagungamaug, Worcester County , 8 miles away
Buffumville Lake, Worcester County , 11 miles away

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