Pleasant Street, East Providence, RI
Trailhead: 41°49’48.68″N, 71°20’39.48″W
Last Time Hiked: June 2, 2013
Approximate distance hiked: 2.7 miles
The Ten Mile River Watershed Council hosted their Trails Day Hike this morning at the Turner Reservoir. They had a good turnout and I met a few new people. We started from the parking area on Pleasant Street in East Providence and made our way along the trail on the west side of the Ten Mile River. This trail leads to an open grass area at the Turner Dam. We then continued, following the shore of the reservoir along a grassy area. To the left is Bridgham Farm which is an East Providence Land Conservation Trust property. Continuing along the shore of the reservoir the grassy area turns back into a trail heading into an area of woods. The trail eventually comes out to Newman Avenue (Route 152). Watch for traffic along the next stretch as it is rather heavily travelled roads. Turning right at Newman Avenue, we crossed the reservoir to the right and Central Pond to the left before heading into Seekonk. We then turned right onto Arcade Avenue following it to where the trail begins again. The trail, blazed blue, is just north of utility pole 1416 on Arcade Avenue. It heads into the woods passing an area with lady slippers in bloom. These lady slippers are wild orchids and are considered endangered. It is illegal to remove these flowers per Massachusetts General Laws. The trail then comes to two intersections. We went straight at the first and right at the second. The trail is still blazed blue and you will soon come to a sign that calls the trail the Warrior Trail named after the Seekonk High School Warriors. The trail continues behind the high school and eventually crosses back into East Providence and comes out to the dam. From this point you get a great view of the reservoir. There is a path that follows the top of the dam back to the waterfall. It then makes its way to the bottom of the dam and heads towards the final leg of this hike. We then made our way through the next section which is a series of boardwalks and crushed stone paths that meander through bogs and along the eastern edge of the Ten Mile River. The trail eventually ends at Pleasant Street. We then turned right, crossed the bridge over the river and made it back to the parking area.
I could not find a trail map online, I did take a picture of the information board showing a map of the trail. It is posted below. I have attached a topographical map of the Turner Reservoir.
The Ten Mile River Watershed Council also has a Facebook page. They will be hosting other walks in the near future.
The Dam At The Turner Reservoir
A Trail Along The Turner Reservoir
Lady Slippers In Bloom
Boardwalks Over The Bogs