Paskamansett Woods – Dartmouth

  • Paskamansett Woods – Gidley Woods
  • Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°37’54.64″N, 70°59’29.07″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 20, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.8 miles
  • Fairly easy.

 

This hike crosses over two properties that abut each other. This first and smaller property is owned by the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust and the second is private property with “respectful public access”. With that being said, it is imperative that you must remain on the blazed trails only that are open to the public and respect the areas that are off limits. The owners of the private property can revoke the public’s right to access this property at anytime. Starting from a small parking area on Chase Road, I followed the red blazed trail pass a small pond, through a fern covered forest of pines, to a historic stone bridge. It crosses the Paskamansett River where the once heavily traveled Old Kings Road crossed. The colonial era road was once the main route between Newport and Plymouth. Just after the bridge the red blazed trail veers off to the right and leads to a pond. At the pond I found an egret feeding as well as several species of wildflowers. Just before the pond the red blazed trail turned left. Retrace your steps briefly and then follow the red blazes (now on your right) to the second green blazed intersection. Here turn left and follow the green blazed trail back to the bridge and retrace your steps back to the parking area.

 

Trail maps can be found at: Paskamansett Woods

TWRI-D-Paskamansett

Kings Road Bridge

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