Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor

Overview

The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor in northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts 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 1,086-square mile region remains predominately rural. Its rivers wind through rolling hills linking 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. For more information or to request brochures, please visit www.thelastgreenvalley.org

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Seasonality / Weather

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.

Directions

Driving: 

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.