Mashamoquet Brook State Park Trail

Loop • 4 mi • 290 ft

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Putnam
Length: 4 total miles
Elevation Gain: 290 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April to November
Top Elevation: 520 feet
Local Contacts: Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Local Maps: USGS Danielson
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We took our 2nd grader and kindergarten boys hiking on this trail. The first half was your normal forest hiking, but the second half was great. They loved the Wolf Den and the Indian chair, and had a blast climbing the scenic rock formations leading back to the campground. Including the playtime, it took us 2 1/2 hours, and was a very pleasant experience.

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