Archive for July, 2015

Ruth Rhind – North Attleborough

  • Ruth Rhind Nature Trail
  • Huntsbridge Road, North Attleborough, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°56’36.02″N, 71°22’14.80″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 27, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

Formally the Camp Shady Pines Girl Scout camp, this small parcel has a small loop trail that wanders through tall pines and offers views of Abbott Run. The trail, blazed brown with a white fleur-de-lis, heads into the woods and then turns right. After a short distance the trail loops along a small ridge above Abbott Run. There are some spur trails that lead down to the river as well. Though a short stroll, the parcel is very peaceful. I did spend a little time lingering along the shore of the river.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

Ruth Rhind Nature Trail

Ruth Rhind Nature Trail

Chorney – North Attleborough

The Chorney Property is a series of three large fields connected by small trails. There is an information kiosk at the parking area with a map. On the map there is a suggested route to follow which totals about a mile and a half. The route follows the perimeter of each field. The first and second fields are connected by a boardwalk that crosses the Seven Mile River. At the north end of the second field is a large red horse stable. You are likely to see a horse or two here but be sure to stay on the Chorney Property as the stables are private property. The second and third field are connected by a grass cart path that passes a stone wall. In the third field the summer months may offer several rolls of hay and the shrubs along the perimeter have an abundance of berries. This area is a haven for birds. Dragonflies, grasshoppers, and butterflies are commonly seen along this walk. Hunting is allowed here. There is information about hunting season at the kiosk.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

Rolled Hay In A Field

Rolled Hay In A Field

Cold Spring Park – Woonsocket

  • Cold Spring Park
  • Katherine Road, Woonsocket, RI
  • Trailhead: 42° 0’34.42″N, 71°31’28.90″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 24, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket is a combination of sports facilities and a city park. By following the paths and roads in the park you can achieve a half mile loop for a walk. The park features a couple ball fields, a playground, and a canoe launch along the Blackstone River.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

The Blackstone River At Cold Spring Park.

The Blackstone River At Cold Spring Park.

Cass Park – Woonsocket

Cass Park offers a little of everything including a pond, waterfall, and small stream. The park, next to Woonsocket High School, also is the home to several sports field including a couple baseball fields, a soccer field, a track, as well as tennis and basketball courts. There is a small path that hugs the pond and an access road that wanders through the property connecting the different fields. There is also an undefined trail system that runs through the woods that are here. Combining all of these, I managed to get a mile long walk at this park.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

The Road In Cass Park.

The Road In Cass Park.

River Island Park – Woonsocket

Over the winter I was doing some research and came across the book “A Guide To Rhode Island’s Natural Places”. There were several parks in Woonsocket listed in the book. Today I decided to check some of them out. River Island Park would be the first of three in the city I would visit. This small park is wedged between downtown Woonsocket and the Blackstone River. There are some walking paths here and a few access points to the river including a canoe launch. At the time of my visit several geese and ducks were on the shore of the river.

I did not find a trail map for the walk.

The Blackstone River At River Island Park.

The Blackstone River At River Island Park.

Blackstone River South – Cumberland/Lincoln

  • Blackstone River Bikeway – South
  • Front Street, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°56’17.85″N, 71°25’55.60″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 13, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 3.3 miles
  • Easy.

For the third a final leg of the Blackstone River Bikeway walk we completed the southern 3 or so miles. Starting where we left off in May at Front Street in Cumberland we immediately made our way into Lincoln by crossing the Blackstone River. The bike path then turns to the left passing the Kelly House. This stretch of the bike path follows the Blackstone Canal on the right for a couple miles. The river it self is on the left most of the walk. There are several spur trails to the left that lead to the river. Along this stretch we came across many animals and insects such as geese, ducks, chipmunks, squirrels, birds of all sorts, turtles, fish, butterflies, and dragonflies. Soon we were crossing the river again on a bridge that crosses at the Pratt Dam. This would lead us back into Cumberland again briefly before crossing Mendon Road. After crossing the busy road we again crossed a bridge back into Lincoln and into what was once the Lonsdale Drive In. It is now a restored marsh with several wildflowers. We concluded our walk here at the old entrance to the drive-in. The bike path from this point continues south for about a half mile before becoming a bike lane along city streets to Providence.

Trail map can be found at: Blackstone River South.

The Bike Path Following The Canal

The Bike Path Following The Canal

Arcadia East – Exeter/Richmond

  • Arcadia East – Tefft Hill – Arcadia Wildlife Management Area
  • Nooseneck Hill Road, Exeter, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°33’35.38″N, 71°39’51.21″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 11, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 4.8 miles
  • Moderate with some difficulty.

 

For a while now I have been looking forward to this hike. It has come highly recommended by fellow hiker Auntie Beak. Myself and another couple of hikers met up with Auntie Beak and followed her route. This hike is in the eastern part of the Arcadia Management Area and uses parts of the Arcadia Trail and the North South Trail. The hike starts near the top of Tefft Hill on the Exeter/Richmond line and follows trails along the west face of the hill. The inclines and declines are so gradual that they are hardly noticeable. At the time of this hike the mushrooms were just coming into full bloom. We started this hike from the state garage on Route 3 in Exeter first passing a gate at the trail head. The trail is a sandy access road that first crosses under Interstate 95 before heading into the thick of the woods. We turned left onto a white blazed trail passing the first of the stone walls. Ahead we ignored the first trail we passed on the left and then turned left at the next intersection and started following the blue and yellow blazes. The blue blazes are the North South Trail and the yellow blazes are for the Arcadia Trail. For the next couple of miles they run together. At the next intersection the blue/yellow blazed trail turns to the left and heads into Richmond. Ahead is another white blazed trail. That is the Arcadia Crossover Trail and we would return on it. The next stretch of the hike is truly a highlight of Rhode Island hiking. The trail, under a canopy of maple, oaks, and beech trees, meanders through the fern covered forest, boulders, and some cairns. Here we saw many, many mushrooms and plenty of toads. There is even a short and challenging section called the “Boulder Field” in which you need to climb and scramble over boulders. (There is a spur trail here that passes around the boulder field if you so choose to). Ahead is a small stream crossing with the remains of a bridge. In the concrete you will find an interesting display of pebbles and stones placed in the concrete. At the next intersection the blue blazes turn to the left. We followed the yellow blazes to the right continuing to follow the Arcadia Trail. The trail first passes through a beautiful pine grove before coming to an area of stone walls. Next the trail narrows as it approaches a wet area with boardwalks. (The plan was to follow the yellow trail and then turn right onto the white Arcadia Crossover Trail. However we ran across some rather aggressive hornets. With some slight backtracking and some bushwhacking we looped around that area and continued north along the white blazed trail as intended. I will return in the future to re-hike the stretch that we went around). We then followed the white blazed trail as it climbed slightly uphill back up Tefft Hill to the blue and yellow blazes once again. When we reached that intersection we retraced our steps back to the parking area.

Trail map can be found at: Arcadia East.

The Boulder Field

The Boulder Field

Many Many Mushrooms On This Hike

Many Many Mushrooms On This Hike

Wenscott Reservoir – Lincoln

  • Wenscott Reservoir – Lincoln Jogging Trail
  • Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°52’50.92″N, 71°28’8.24″W
  • First Time Hiked: July 10, 2015
  • Last Time Hiked: October 6, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

This small town owned property just off of Twin River Road in Lincoln offers quite a bit. The trails are wide and easy to use. There are several areas to stop and sit on a bench including a small picnic area right on the shore of the reservoir. And lastly there is a small babbling brook, actually it is a river, that you can enjoy. There are several options with a main loop and a couple cut through trails. Starting from the parking area the trail goes southward toward the reservoir. At the first intersection a trail goes to the right (I would return on this trail), I opted to go straight. The trail then splits again. This time I stayed to the left. The main trail is wide as it traverses through tall trees. There are some boulders just off the trail in the woods as well. Soon I approached a narrow trail to the right. Here I continued straight following the main trail. At the next intersection the trail to the left is barricaded. It leads to private property. Turn right here and soon you will start seeing the reservoir. The trail then bends to the left and again to the right. Here to the left is the shore of the reservoir and a small picnic area. The trail continues to the right. Continuing along the trail it starts to turn to the left before the next split. At the split stay left. Soon I was walking along the West River. There are some spots to view the trickling waterfalls of the river. The trail then starts climbing slightly uphill to an intersection. I turned right here and continued uphill away from the river. Just before the two large stone pillars start looking for the trail on the right. Beyond the pillars is private property. After turning right, I followed the trail a short distance to the trail I entered the property on. I turned left and retraced my steps back to the parking area.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Small Waterfalls Along The West River.

Small Waterfalls Along The West River.

Salter Grove – Warwick

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and soak up the sun in the small grass field. Salter Grove offers a very short loop trail with a couple spur trails that lead to the shore. Though very small in size I have always found the park bustling with activity. The breakwater and jetty here are usually a haven for anglers and fishermen. (I only included the actual trails and did not include the jetty in the distance for this walk.) The short trail would be ideal for very young hikers as they may enjoy a visit to the playground that is here after their hike.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Along The Short Loop Trail At Slater Grove.

Along The Short Loop Trail At Salter Grove.

Gaspee Point – Warwick

A sandbar along the Warwick coastline is where the HMS Gaspee ran around on June 9, 1772. That night it was burned by local citizens in one of the first events leading to the American Revolution. The point is about midway between Conimicut Point to the south and Pawtuxet Village to the north. There is a small parking area at Lane 6 with a gated entrance. A paved road that turns to grass leads down towards the beach. The point is just to the left. A walk along the entire beach here at the point is just about a mile and a half. Be sure not to wander onto the sandbar as there are strong rip currents here. At the time of my visit many locals were at the beach sunbathing and a kayaker had stopped for a visit. From the point you can see the Providence skyline and the Port of Providence to the north, to the east is the Barrington coastline, and to the south is Conimicut Point and its lighthouse.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Kayak On The Point.

Kayak On The Point.