Archive for April, 2015

Deerfield Park – Smithfield

Deerfield Park has a little of everything. It is used mostly for its athletic fields. It is also where the Smithfield Senior Center is located. I started this walk from the second parking lot by the playground. Directly across the street is a walking path flanked by rail fences. It leads away from the road and into the woods. The path turns into a trail which eventually comes out to a ball field behind the Gallagher Middle School. From here I stayed to the right keeping the woods to my right and made my way to the front of the school. At the front of the school I turned right and crossed the pedestrian bridge to the Smithfield High School property. Again I turned right keeping the woods to my right and continued walking behind the High School and to another ball field. I soon found another walking path on the right that would cross the Stillwater River and lead back to Deerfield Park. The walk so far is just under a mile. From here I crossed the street again and went right following the walking path, passing the playground, and eventually coming to a side street. At the side street I turned left toward the soccer fields. Across from the soccer fields is the entrance to another short set of trails named for R. Bruce Ewart. The trail soon comes to an opening. Ahead the trail leads to a residential neighborhood. I followed the trail to the right which led me to the Senior Center. From here I followed the road to the right back towards the car passing the Smithfield Veterans Memorial.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Walking Path Between Deerfield Park And The High School

Walking Path Between Deerfield Park And The High School

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Gateway Park – Lincoln

Gateway Park in Lincoln is a great little spot to take a walk with young children. It is also short, flat, and level which is good for someone who is nursing a nuisance of an injury. On this walk I was led by a “little hiker”, full of 2 year old energy, as she meandered around the park. The weather was perfect. Blue skies with white puffy clouds. The grass is getting green and the shrubs and trees are budding. This property also abuts the magnificent Arnold House, a historical house (by the parking area). There is also a trail that leads uphill from the park that goes to Chase Farm down the street. It is part of the Lincoln Greenway (hike for another day).

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Bench and Path At Gateway Park

Bench and Path At Gateway Park

Robbins Preserve – Thompson

  • Robbins Preserve
  • Fred Davis Road, Thompson, CT
  • Trailhead: 41°59’47.09″N, 71°48’38.38″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 4, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.5 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

 

This property, owned by the Wyndham Land Trust, offers a variety of different sights. The property sits on a series of rolling hills that is covered with areas of forest and open fields. The Five Mile River also passes through the property. We started the hike from the entrance at Fred Davis Road and followed the old gravel road slightly to the left, up and over the hill. The walk is entirely on these old gravel roads. We soon came to an open area. Ahead is the main road that leads further into the property. Slightly to the right you can see the road that takes you to the river. We followed the main road first nearly to its end passing through wooded areas and more open fields. Along the way we came across several birdhouses and various animal tracks. We also saw the first signs of spring with a variety of colorful lichens blooming. After retracing our steps, we then followed the road to the river. An old bridge spans the river which had a significant flow from all the recent snow-melt. We then followed a loop that traversed through an area that had been partially cleared at one point. From here we made our way back to the cars. At the entrance there is a box with trail maps.

 

Trail map can be found at: Robbins Preserve.

Five Mile River

Five Mile River