Atlantic White Cedar Swamp – Cumberland

  • Atlantic White Cedar Swamp/Bland Preserve
  • Pound Road, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°58’17.38″N, 71°26’26.56″W
  • First Time Hiked: April 15, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: December 31, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.2 miles
  • Easy.

 

This property demonstrates a great example of dedication by the Cumberland Land Trust. It has been nearly three years since I had visited this property. During that visit in April of 2013, I had found the trail to be nice, but it lacked good markings and the trail map indicated a loop at its end, which I found difficult to follow. In the spring of 2015 I was informed that beavers had built a dam making the property inaccessible. The Cumberland Land Trust and others stepped up during 2015 and created another trail head and entrance along Pound Road (sign calls the property as Gold Star Preserve). The entrance first follows a gas-line easement before turning right into the woods. From here the trails are very well marked with white blazes along the trail that leads north through the property and yellow along a short loop trail. Although the entrance along Nate Whipple Highway is closed due to the flooding, the trail is usable from Pound Road to just a few hundred feet south of Nate Whipple Highway. At the time of this hike (New Years Eve 2015) I came across some evidence of possible future plans. I had noticed some survey flagging and stakes. It appears that the Land Trust may not be done making improvements to this property. On this hike I came across several boulders, stone walls, an abundance of birds, as well as deer. There is a stream crossing at the half mile mark. Use caution crossing if you choose.

Trail map is currently being updated

Babbling Brook Bridge

Babbling Brook Bridge

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