Archive for February, 2017

Stump Pond – Smithfield

 

Stump Pond is known mostly to be a fishing spot. The state owned property however has a short out and back trail that follows the shore of the pond. Starting from the parking area, you can first walk along the dam to the left to catch a sweeping view of the pond. At the end of the walkway is the spillway where Stump Pond (also called Stillwater Reservoir) flows into the Woonasquatucket River. From here retrace your steps and continue to follow the dam towards the woods. A well defined trail then follows the shore winding gently up and down small hills. The trail comes to a small peninsula where there is a cluster of trees leaning over the ponds edge. A trail ahead continues onto private property. For this hike, stop at the small peninsula and enjoy the view before returning back to the parking area.

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A wintry Stump Pond.

Shad Factory Pond – Rehoboth

  • Shad Factory Pond/Daniel L. Savoie Conservation Area
  • Water Street, Rehoboth, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°48’31.54″N, 71°16’29.51″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 5, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy.

 

This walk, just about three quarters of a mile, features a trail that follows the Palmer River and a short stroll to the Shad Factory Pond and its dam. Starting from the parking area along Water street, follow the narrow unmarked trail easterly along the river. The river here is covered in a canopy of trees that birds were flying through. Cardinals, blue jays, robins, woodpeckers, and ducks were all seen along the trail here. Along the way there is an old wooden structure that looks as if it might have been a dock or bridge. The trail ends at Reed Street opposite the entrance to a service road. This road is closed to the public as it is property of the Bristol County Water Authority. From here follow Reed Street south a few hundred feet crossing the Palmer River. To the right you will catch glimpses of some ruins that were once part of the Orleans Mill. You will see a couple of the remaining walls and a double archway over the river. This mill produce cotton cloth but met its untimely fate twice by fire. Some people have claimed that the old mill site is haunted and have seen unexplained figures in the woods. Just over the bridge and on the right as well is Shad Factory Pond with its 1911 dam and newly constructed fish ladder. There are a handful of benches here to sit and relax. From here retrace your steps along Reed Street and along the trail back to the parking area. If you are into bird photography, bring your camera.

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Palmer River just downstream from Shad Factory Pond

Mason Street – Rehoboth

 

A short grass cut farm road leads you down to the shores of the Palmer River from Mason Street. This property owned by the Rehoboth Land Trust features a large corn field. The road is flanked by tall grasses, shrubs, and sporadic trees. This creates a haven for small critters and birds. At the end of the farm road the Palmer River winds through the grasslands.

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Palmer River at the Mason Street Conservation Area