Swan Point – Providence
- Swan Point Cemetery
- Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI
- Trailhead: 41°51’9.97″N, 71°23’12.13″W
- Last Time Hiked: December 7, 2013
- Approximate distance hiked: 2.5 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
Swan Point is a serene, peaceful, and quiet cemetery wedged between the Seekonk River and Blackstone Boulevard in the most northeastern corner of Providence. Not only is well known for being the final resting place of some rather prominent residents of the area including Governors of Rhode Island and Civil War veterans but it also has a large variety of horticultural features. Keep in mind though when visiting that this in fact sacred ground and the rules should be respected. The cemetery is well maintained and consists of miles of paved narrow roads. You could plan a walk of almost any distance here. This morning (and still following doctors orders) I successfully made an attempt at the 2 and 1/2 mile mark. I picked up a map at the front office and decided to check out the Memorial Grove, Hope Memorial, Forty Steps, Easter Path, and Rock Pond stopping at several graves along the way to take in the pure and haunting beauty of sculpture. I also came across an avid bird watcher here who claims that there are great horned owls here. I did not spot any, but this was a haven for quite literally hundreds of birds. All of the roads are well marked and it is easy to find your way around with a map. I will definitely be back in the spring bloom for the trees.
I have not posted any photos of this walk because of the rules of Swan Point Cemetery.
Trail map can be found at: Swan Point