Branch River Park – Burrillville

  • Branch River Park
  • Broncos Highway, Burrillville, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°58’52.46″N, 71°37’14.94″W
  • Last Time Hiked: October 26, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.3 miles
  • Easy with some elevation.

 

This hike starts just to the right of the School Department building on the Burrillville Middle School property. The trail begins by descending down a hill. At the bottom of the hill I turned left and started following the wide path which is a former railroad bed. This trail loops around the back of the school and athletic fields passing several side trails. The main trail then starts climbing uphill. If you choose to keep this hike short, follow the trail uphill and it will take you out to the athletic fields. If you choose to see the Branch River then take the trail to the right marked by a small boulder. This trail, still following the old railroad bed, soon veers downhill and to the right. The trail becomes very narrow at points and eventually starts to hug the shore of the river. I continued following the trail staying to the left at trail intersections keeping the river to my left. Continuing straight at a four way intersection, and then through a very narrow path, the trail then turns toward the right and starts a long climb uphill. The trail eventually follows a ridge before descending down to the main trail. Here I turned left, then right, and uphill to the car. There were a few areas that cross streams that could be difficult. However all the streams here were dry at the time of this hike. I saw several birds here and came across a man walking his dogs.

 

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Branch River

Branch River

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