Archive for February, 2015

Vock Conservation Area – Burrillville

  • Edward D. Vock Conservation Area
  • Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Burrillville, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°57’13.80″N, 71°44’34.00″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 28, 2015 
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.2 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

 

The Vock Conservation Area is a Burrillville Land Trust property that features a trickling stream, a carp pond, glacier boulders, the ruins of a mill, and an overlook called Fox’s Rock. The property was once owned by Edward Vock who emulated Henry David Thoreau after reading his book Walden. Vock lived on this land with his family, building a grist mill and a couple of houses. The property also features mountain laurel, birch trees, and hemlocks to name just a few. The deep snow revealed a plethora of various animal tracks. The property is a work in progress. There are no marked trails and generally not open to the public except when the Land Trust hold special events. Today was one of those days. Paul Roselli led today’s snow shoe expedition. His knowledge of the property was quite impressive as he led us to all the highlights. The snow was still rather deep after one of the snowiest Februarys on record. I will have to keep an eye on the schedule to re-visit this property for a hike when the snow is gone. For upcoming events at this property (and others in the area) see the RI Land Trust Days facebook page or the Northwest Greener Living page on Meetup.com.

 

I did not find a trail map on-line.

A snow covered Vock Conservation Area

A snow covered Vock Conservation Area

Sabin Point – East Providence

Sabin Point Park is a waterfront park in East Providence. The point juts out into the Providence River allowing for panoramic views of the river. To the north the Port of Providence and the downtown skyline are visible from here. To the west and southwest you can see the shore of Warwick, and to the south you can see Conimicut Point and its lighthouse. The Ponham Rocks Light is also visible from Sabin Point. Until 1968, there was a lighthouse at Sabin Point as well. It is now marked by a day beacon. The river at Sabin Point is about a mile wide and is heavily used both for recreation and shipping. It is just as common to see large ships making their way to the Port of Providence as it to see a sailboat or speedboat. The park features about a half mile of paved walking paths, basketball courts, and a playground among its trees and green grass. There is also a fishing dock and boat ramp here as well. It is a bustling little neighborhood park in the warmer months of the year.

Trail map can be found at: Sabin Point

Sabin Point Park Overlooking The Providence River.

Sabin Point Park Overlooking The Providence River.