The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor is a rural area in northeastern Connecticut together with some parts of Massachusetts. The area has been known for its classic, natural look together with rolling hills and farmlands similar to the scenery in New England. This was designated as it is one of the last few stretches of green, forested areas in between the states of Washington D.C. and Boston.
Unlike other parks and conservation areas, the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor relies on the cooperation between citizens, businesses, non-profit cultural and environmental organizations together with state and local governments and the National Park Service. The park does not charge any admission fee for guests and visitors who would like to experience a different kind of natural experience.
The River valley is a natural habitat for the majestic great blue heron. These birds are considered as one of the tallest species of birds which can grow to as much as four feet with wingspans that range anywhere from six to seven feet. The great blue herons can also weigh as much as five to eight pounds. These birds together with other bird species are also the reason why bird watching is a must when visiting the park.
Hiking is another attraction that has been bringing in droves of visitors each year. Other attractions for visitors to see in the valley are Boston Hollow, Bigelow Hollow State Park and Pachaug-Great Meadow Swamp.
The Quinebaug and Shetucket National Heritage corridor is a favourable spot for hikers who would like to experience the open wilderness. Because of the sheer number of forests surrounding the patch, there are dozens of different state parks and recreation areas for people to visit and enjoy. These parks include the Quinebaug Lake State Park, Killingly, Ross Pond State Park, Killingly and the Yale Forest in Union.
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