Archive for November, 2018

Hawkins Pond – Glocester

  • Hawkins Pond
  • Putnam Pike, Glocester, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°55’1.12″N, 71°47’36.68″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 25, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy with some hills.

 

Just before the Connecticut line along Route 44 is a small Glocester Land Trust property that offers a few trails to Hawkins Pond. The pond itself is created by an earthen dam along Mary Brown Brook. The dam also has a spillway making for a nice waterfall. There are some ruins of previous structures on the property as well.

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Hawkins Pond

North Burial Ground – Providence

  • North Burial Ground
  • Branch Avenue, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°50’34.92″N, 71°24’29.28″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 23, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.5 miles
  • Easy with some hills.

 

The North Burial Ground is a historic cemetery owned by the City of Providence and open to the public daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The walk here at the cemetery makes for a good companion to the Historic Providence walk as many of the folks mentioned in that walk are buried here. There is no set route for this walk as there is so much to see. One could spend an hour or an entire day here. The group I was with walked about two and a half miles in about two and a half hours stopping at about a third of the graves listed on the back of the map (available at the front office). For our walk we stopped at the Elks Plot with its famous statue, the graves of the Brown Brothers (John, Nicholas, and Joseph) whom played great roles in Colonial Providence, and Samuel Whipple who was the first to be buried here. We continued on to look for the grave of Sarah Helen Power Whitman who was Edgar Allen Poe’s fiancé, onto Randall Park which is a long strip of land within the fence along North Main Street with no graves, and then to the grave of Col. William Barton who fought at Bunker Hill. Fort Barton in Tiverton is named for him. Next we stopped at the marble steps built from the excess stone used to build the State House before moving onto the grave of Charles Dow, the founder of the Wall Street Journal. Making our way to the northern end of the cemetery we crossed arguably the most preserved section of the Blackstone Canal which served as a commerce route between Providence and Worcester. Beyond the canal is Potters Field which is free ground used to bury the poor and unknown. The cemetery has two interesting natural features being an esker and pond. The esker is a hill of sand and gravel left behind by the last glacier. The pond, small in size, offers a haven for passing birds. The group then swung around the west side of the hill. At the top of the hill is the Brown Mausoleum and the grave of Nicholas Brown II of Brown University fame. The next stop was the Receiving Tomb built in 1903. This structure housed the remains of Roger Williams from 1932 to 1939 before he was relocated to Prospect Terrace. The grave of Samuel Bridgham, the first mayor of Providence, was the next stop. His family farm was located in Seekonk, now East Providence along the Ten Mile River. For the conclusion of the walk we passed the Spanish American and Civil War monuments and then passed the Firefighters Monument before heading back to the main entrance. Parking is available along North Main Street and dogs are not allowed on the property. Group tours are provided on occasion by Sean Briody (follow their Facebook page). For other questions contact Rose Martinez at 401-680-5318.

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North Burial Ground looking towards The State House.

Merino Park – Providence

 

This city park is wedged between the Hartford Park Complex and Route 6 along the Wonnasquatucket River. Besides the fields, basketball courts, and playground, there is a paved walking path around the perimeter of the park, as well as a section of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path that winds through the park following the river to Glenbridge Avenue. Doing both the loop and following the bike to Glenbridge Avenue and back will give you a walk of just around a mile.

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Bike Path Along The Woonasquatucket River

Attleboro Greenway – Attleboro

 

The Attleboro Greenway is a “trail” made up of six distinctively different sections on the outskirts of Downtown Attleboro. The greenway, a little over a mile one way, in its entirety follows Ten Mile River crossing it four times. Starting along Riverfront Drive at the southerly end of Judith Robbins Riverfront Park, follow the paved bike path along the shore of the river. This first section is a newly developed park opened in 2017. It was once a strip of industrial land but has been transformed into a open space allowing access to the river. Besides the bike path, there are several benches for sitting and an area to launch a kayak or canoe. At the end of the bike path turn left and cross the river on a pedestrian bridge. At the end of the bridge turn right and cross Wall Street. The next section is the Kevin J. Dumas Ten Mile River Walkway. It is the newest section of the greenway opened in the fall of 2018. The walkway starts as a paved path that continues to follow the river behind the commercial businesses along County Street. Soon the walkway becomes a boardwalk and rises and crosses over the river. From here the boardwalk weaves along the river through commercial buildings and apartment buildings. Continuing ahead, cross County Street into the Balfour Riverwalk Park. This third section of the greenway is a city park that offers paved paths and playgrounds. For this walk follow the path closest to the river. You will soon come to the “green” bridge. of the left. Here you will cross the river once again entering the fourth section of the greenway. After crossing the bridge, turn right, walk down the stairs, and follow the stone dust path along the rivers edge to Hodges Street. Use the crosswalk to cross the street, turn right, and cross the bridge over the river using the sidewalk. On the left the stone dust path continues again along the rivers edge passing behind and around a community garden. Using the crosswalk to cross Mechanic Street, continue straight along Riverbank Road. Using the sidewalk for this section, the river will be on your left. Follow Riverbank Road for two tenths of a mile. It climbs slightly uphill and to the right. On the right is the Willett Elementary School and on the left is a wooded parcel. Ignore the first trail head on the left and continue ahead until you see a sign for Larson Woodland. Turn left here and follow the trail into the woods. This small and quaint property, the sixth section of this greenway walk, is an Attleboro Land Trust property. Follow the trail to a peninsula that overlooks Mechanics Pond. From here follow the trail closest to the river in a southerly direction passing the Mechanics Pond Dam before exiting the woods back out onto Riverbank Road. From here turn right and retrace your steps back to Judith Robbins Park.

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New boardwalk along the Ten Mile River

Putnam River Trail – Putnam

 

The Putnam River Trail is a paved walking path that runs almost completely along the Quinebaug River from Providence Street to the Hale YMCA for a distance of 2 miles. While walking here take notice of the old mill buildings as well as the river. For this walk, start at the public parking area along Kennedy Drive just south of U.S. Route 44 and follow the paved walking path north towards the dam and waterfalls. After crossing U.S. 44 you will get a great view of the falls from the bridge. From here continue north into Rotary Park. The path splits and forms a turnaround with veterans memorials in the middle. The river Trail continues north to Providence Street for another half mile. For this walk follow the turnaround and continue now in a southerly direction crossing U.S. 44 once again and passing the parking area. The path follows both the river and Kennedy Drive at times being sidewalk for six tenths of a mile then comes to a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river. There was once a railroad crossing here, The views of the river are quite nice here. At the far end of the bridge there is signage indicating that the trail ends. Cross back over the bridge to Kennedy Drive. For this walk, turn left and retrace your steps back to the parking area to conclude the walk of a mile and a half. If you would like to add more distance turn right following the sidewalk. It soon turns into a walking path again passing a dog path and comes to a road with a bridge crossing the river. Turn right, cross the bridge, then left and follow the walking path to the YMCA. This is the newest section of the walk is about seven tenths of a mile. From the YMCA retrace your steps back to the parking area. If you choose to do the entire walking path out and back it will be about 4 miles of walking.

 

Map can be found at: Putnam River Trail

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Dam and Waterfalls along the Quinebaug River

Eagle Square – Providence

 

Much like Donigian Park slightly south, Eagle Square has an off road section of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path run through it. The paved path, a quarter mile in length, weaves around former mills and factory buildings now heavily commercialized as it follows the river itself from Atwells Avenue to Eagle Street. There is very good signage here and plenty of spots the see the river itself. The walk out and back is just over a half mile.

 

Map can be found at: Eagle Square

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Bike Path Along The River

Confreda – Warwick

 

The Confreda Sports Complex consists of a couple soccer fields, a couple baseball fields, and a small playground. The complex also features a paved walking path the encompasses the two soccer fields and parking area. The entire walk is just over 3/4 of a mile.

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Walking Path at the Confreda Sports Complex