Black Farm – Hopkinton

  • Black Farm State Management Area
  • Rockville-Alton Road, Hopkinton, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°28’2.46″N, 71°43’42.15″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 9, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.7 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

 

A beautiful hike, pure solitude at some points.  From the trail-head  I had followed the path for a little over a half mile going through some heavily wooded area until I came to a field. At this point I turned left, crossed the Canonchet Brook by bridge, then took another immediate left. About halfway along this trail on the right was an old cemetery.  I had stopped to look around and discovered that there was a grave of a Civil War soldier here.   I then continued along the trail and took a right at the next split.  This took me by Plain Pond.  It was like being in New Hampshire or Maine.  So quiet and peaceful.  As I continued on the trail it turned and looped towards some open fields not before passing through an area of pine trees. Here I found myself stopping to listen… to nothing at all.  When I got to the field I turned right, took another right and a quick left and headed down an old railroad bed, crossing a very questionable bridge, continuing to the end where an old bridge abutment overlooks the Wood River.  This is where the original Narragansett Trail crossed the Wood River when it ran from Lantern Hill in Connecticut to Wordens Pond in South Kingstown.  I then retraced my steps back down the railroad to the path turned left which brought my back to the bridge that crossed the brook.  From here I retraced my steps about halfway back  to the trail-head where a path splits to the right.  I followed this path down to the brook where I found some small falls.  After lingering for a bit. I went back up the hill I came down went to the right and back to the parking area.  The trails here are not blazed but are fairly easy to follow. To this point this has to be my favorite hike.

This area is open to hunting. You should check hunting season schedules before hiking here.

Trail map can be found at: Black Farm

Canonchet Brook From The Bridge

Canonchet Brook From The Bridge

Wood River

Wood River

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