Putnam Memorial State Park is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redding, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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This was the site of the Continental Army's 1779 winter encampment under the command of General Israel Putnam. The site consists of remains of the encampment, reconstructed log buildings, and a museum. Connecticut's oldest State Park! General Israel Putnam's division of the Continental Army encamped in Redding in the winter of 1778-1779. This division was comprised of General Poor's brigade of New Hampshire troops under Brig. General Enoch Poor, a Canadian Regiment led by Col. Moses Hazen, and two brigades of Connecticut troops: 2nd Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Jedediah Huntington, and the 1st Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Samuel H. Parsons. This division had been operating along the Hudson (Eastern New York) during the fall, and as winter approached it was decided that it should go into winter quarters at Redding, as from this position it could support the important fortress of West Point in case of attack, intimidate the Cowboys and Skinners of Westchester County, and cover lands adjacent to Long Island Sound. Another major reason was to protect the Danbury supply depot, which had been burned by the British the year before but resurrected to keep supplies going to Washington's army. When the army broke camp, in accordance with custom, the barracks were burned, the chimneys fell in different directions which is still distinguishable in most cases, and then with time became apparently only heaps of stone. (Report 1903: 8) *Recent research indicates the barracks were not burned, wood was valuable back then. The deserted camp ground was left to its former solitude, and in the course of a few years, became overgrown with trees and a thicket of underbrush; and it was not strange, that after the passing of a few generations, even the location, or the history of the camp ground, was almost unknown. (Report 1915: 8) The movement to preserve and memorialize the site of the winter quarters of 1778-1779 in Redding began in the late 19th century. Although the details of this movement are not recorded, it is likely that the initial efforts were made by local citizens of Redding, especially Charles B. Todd, the local historian, and Aaron Treadwell, the landowner who donated the first tract of land that would become the Israel Putnam Memorial Camp Ground.

There is a parking lot at the entrance. There is a Welcome center, and museum open throughout the summer months. 10 am-5 pm Memorial Day through Veterans Day. There are various toilet locations. Often the road is opened to vehicular traffic. This allows for persons of limited abilities to enjoy the park.

Off I-95: take Exit 17. Take Route 136 north for 9 miles. At the intersection of Route 136 and Route 58, take Route 58 north and drive 8.8 miles. Putnam Memorial is at the intersection of Route 107 and Route 58. Off the Merritt Parkway Southbound: Take Exit 42. Take Route 136 north for 5.2 miles. At the intersection of Route 136 and Route 58 take Route 58 north and drive 8.8 miles. Putnam Memorial is at the intersection of Route 107 and Route 58. Off the Merritt Parkway Northbound: Take exit 44. Take Route 58 north for 12.4 miles. Putnam is at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 107. From the East: Off I-84 westbound, take Exit 10. Go right off the exit and follow to Route 25 south. Take a right onto Route 302 west and follow approx 6 miles to Route 58 south. Take a left onto Route 58 and follow south for 2.8 miles. Putnam Memorial is at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 107. From the East: Off I-84 westbound, take Exit 10. Go right off the exit and follow to Route 25 south. Take a right onto Route 302 west and follow approx 6 miles to Route 58 south. Take a left onto Route 58 and follow south for 2.8 miles. Putnam Memorial is at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 107. From the West: off I-84, take Exit 5. Take Route 53 south for 3.4 miles, at Route 53 and Route 302 follow Route 302 east for 1.6 miles. At the intersection of Route 58 and Route 302, follow Route 58 south for 2.8 miles. Putnam Memorial is at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 107.

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Jennifer Port
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Wendy Barnabo
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Kathy Darrah
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first hike of the year, near where I live. great historical park. we walked the main road with our little dog, but ventured off to look at a small pond/swamp, and hiked past the caves and over the hill. great for kids and older folks.

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Susan Beres
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Great and tons of history.

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Matthew Nadelson
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Jennifer Port
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Dena Riccio
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Al V
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Love it here :) nice easy walk

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Matthew Loehr
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Yoav Stuller
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Max Buckley
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Park was really neat lots of facts of the area and history of it. Saw some turkeys and snakes. Nice place would could back here anytime

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David Smith
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Some of the side trails were blocked by recent trees. The White blazed trail that extends into the Redding Land Trust was nice though

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Michael Mead
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Ashok Rana
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Nice paved trail, beautiful lake and lots of trees.

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Julia Abreu
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April Lynn
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Love the historical aspect of this hike, definitely worth it even in the pouring rain. Saw two people riding bikes and the trails were well marked, taken care of and accessible

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Mary Lichodolik
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Great for toddlers. Tad poles in the pond!

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Lynn Sheeran
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Really cool and interesting historical sites

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Brent Forsland
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Interesting place and history. Not a big commitment time wise if you don’t want to take up the whole day

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Chris Marston
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nice short walk for family

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Ron Tietjen
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Just a relaxing stroll. Great lunch break.

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Brian Comstock
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Easy walk with 9yr old daughter. Paved loop path. Plenty of shade.

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Neal W.
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I stayed to the east of Putnam Park Pond, which offered gorgeous views of the water and a paved trail (former road) for a stroll. This side has multiple picnic areas and swing sets for the kids.

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Jeanne Devine
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Signs were down. Make sure you stop at the Visitor Center to get oriented and maps.

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Karen McKeon
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Lots of interesting history, worth seeing at least once. Definitely great for families.

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Lissa Elli
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Easy walking trails with great historical markers around the loop.

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Irene Juthnas
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A nice kid friendly walk. Five and four year olds found many interesting things to see.

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Steven Miller
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Great open space easy walking trails, plenty of foot traffic. Great 719-337-3964hike during the fall foliage season.

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Jorge Giacon
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Amazing lake and rocks . Strong presence nature and harmony whit lakes , threes, sky . History and convenience complete the walking in Putnam Park. I recommend

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Chris N
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Great place to take my young kids for a walk. The lessons they learned about the parks history as a late 1700's military encampment along the way made it perfect for some fresh air, exercise and education.

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