This walk offers two special things for kids to look forward to: the stone Indian Chair perched on a ledge overlook and the famous Putnam Wolf Den, a cave that extends back into the rocky hillside as far as you can see. Sadly, as the story goes, the state’s last wolf was shot here in the winter of 1742. After he thought that a wolf killed and injured a number of his sheep, Israel Putnam (later a Revolutionary War hero) set off in search of the wolf’s lair. Several days and 35 miles later, he and a group of nearby farmers followed the wolf tracks to the now-famous den. When the first two plans—smoking the wolf out and sending in the dogs—failed, Putnam squeezed through the long, dark tunnel himself with a torch and musket. He shot the animal on his second attempt, and on his third effort, hauled the dead wolf out of the cave to the cheers of his astounded neighbors. Thankfully today, parks help serve the purpose of protecting native plants and animals. The park offers camping at the Wolf Den and Mashamoquet Brook Campgrounds and swimming at the bypass pool less than one-half mile from the park entrance off US 44.
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