SCANTIC RIVER GREENWAY
Town of Somers
The 2008 Scantic River Greenway was designated in 2008 and is a corridor along the Scantic River from the Massachusetts state
line in Somers to the town line in Enfield. The Greenway is a very active recreational area. Most popular is fishing, canoe and kayaking, hiking,
and nature viewing.
Canoe and Kayaking: Paddlers can launch at the Somersville Mill Pond and wind their way upstream along a scenic, meandering
path through farm fields and horse pastures with a gentle current. In the summer the SRWA hosts moonlit paddles from the Mill Pond up to the Route
190 Bridge. In 2009 a record of 200 boats participated! In May the SRWA has its annual Bird Watching paddle. Over 60 species are identified in
the couple hour paddle. Of special note are the migrating warblers and return of the Great Blue Heron.
Scantic Riparian Area: The Northern Connecticut Land Trust (NCLT) has a nature preserve named the Scantic Riparian area off of
Durkee road. The Riparian area has a 1 mile loop trail along the river. The Land Trust also manages several other trails in Somers (McCann farm,
Whitakers property and Bald Mountain). Please visit the NCLT website for more information.
Scantic Linear Park East: This park is part of the State of CT DEP Scantic State Parks. The parking lot is on Route
190 on the Scitico/Somersville border. You may also access the multi-use trail system off of Quality Avenue in Somersville.
Education: The Grammar School of Somersville, whose school borders the Somersville Mill Pond, regularly conducts science
studies on the ecosystem and test the water quality of the Scantic.
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