Haines Park – Barrington

 

Haines Park is one of the oldest State Parks in Rhode Island opening in 1911. At one time prior to the 1938 hurricane there was a pedestrian bridge crossing the cove to Crescent Park (which in the day was one of the largest amusement parks on the east coast). It is mostly known for today for its waterfront access to Bullocks Cove, picnic areas, farmers market, and its ball fields. Essentially its a quiet little community park with the East Bay Bike Path running through it. Today, a 90 degree day here in New England, I decided to hike the short but rather tranquil trails that lie to the east of the bike path and wrap around the ball fields and dog park. I started from a parking area on Narragansett Avenue just east of the bike path. The un-blazed trail leads into the woods for a bit before the first “major” intersection. I opted to go to the right staying parallel to the bike path. Many side trails veered off to the right to the bike path and many to the left toward the ball fields. After a bit I came to another intersection. I opted to take the lower path which turned east and then eventually north. This trail had a couple paths that led to some obvious wetlands. The trail eventually ended at an opening at the road. There was a trail to the left that I followed back as it ran parallel and above the trail I was previously on. This trail eventually led back to the main trail I came in on. I briefly explored a trail that led to the dog park. A very aware beagle made my presence known as I approached the gate. From here I retraced my steps back to the car. I came across several birds, squirrels, and chipmunks on this hike. I also noticed that the wild berries are in bloom.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

A Trail At Haines Park

A Trail At Haines Park

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