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Angle Tree Stone – North Attleborough/Plainville

This will be the shortest hike you will stumble upon on this website, however, it is a cool spot to check out if you are in the neighborhood. From High Street follow the left (unpaved) driveway to a small parking area. From the parking area, follow the dirt path to the stone building. In the building, through a glass enclosure, you will see the stone that marks where the Angle Tree once stood. This was the point (and still is) where the angle in the boundary between Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony was. From this point due west to Cumberland and east northeast to Weymouth was the boundary. Just beside the monument you will see a trailhead that is rather inviting. It does lead to private property though.

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A view of the Entire “Hike”

Remington Park – Burrillville

Wedged along a narrow parcel that was once a railway line, you will find a street hockey rink, tennis court, and a quarter mile bike path that leads to the shores of the Clear River. The path leads to a former rail crossing. This is a good spot to observe water fowl.

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Clear River

Winsor Park – Glocester

  • Byron H. Winsor Recreation Area
  • Winsor Park Road, Glocester, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°52’36.13″N, 71°36’15.29″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 12, 2022
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.3 miles
  • Easy.

Working on nearly ten years of this project of trying to hike every public trail in Rhode Island will lead to some of these type of “hikes”. Yes, indeed, there is a trail here on this small recreation complex known for its soccer field, playground, and basketball court. Take a venture into the woods and you will find a peaceful quarter mile trail that loops a small pond. It is quite relaxing!

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Bridge Along The Trail.

Pierce Riverwalk – Central Falls

  • Pierce Riverwalk – Blackstone River Bikeway
  • High Street, Central Falls, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°53’40.95″N, 71°23’0.18″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 19, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.6 miles
  • Easy, paved bike path.

A new section of the Blackstone River Bikeway has arrived in Central Falls. The short three thirds of a mile path takes the existing route off of the streets of Central Falls and along the Blackstone River for a bit. It also reopens the long closed Pierce Riverwalk and Park. The path, from High Street to Cortland Street, offers views of the Blackstone River and sits on land once the home to a fierce battle between Native Americans and Colonists.

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The Riverwalk Along The Blackstone River

Dean Mills Preserve – Stonington

  • Dean Mills Preserve
  • Jerry Browne Road, Stonington, CT
  • Trailhead:  41°21’53.28″N, 71°56’12.72″W
  • Last Time Hiked: October 8, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

This is a short mile long out and back with a short loop at the end. The trail on the way in is mostly gradually uphill and the short loop is relatively flat in comparison with two small stream crossings. The trail crosses over outcrops, areas of pines, and pass stone walls.

Trail Map: Dean Mills Preserve

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The Access Trail at Dean Mills

Sullivan Conservation Area – Coventry

  • Janice L. Sullivan Conservation Area
  • Bramble Bush Road, Coventry, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°42’10.93″N, 71°39’1.63″W
  • Last Time Hiked: October 2, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

This is the newest of the Coventry Land Trust properties to open. There is a single blue blazed trail that is a half mile long that serves as a connector from the Bramble Bush neighborhood to the Beaudoin Conservation Area on the opposite side of Ledge Road. There is a small meadow at the top of the hill.

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Along The Blue Blazed Trail

Perry Mill – South Kingstown

Built in 1703, and recently renovated, the Samuel Perry Grist Mill sits at the edge of Moonstone Beach Road. Johnny cake meal and clam cake mix are made here on occasion. The mill and adjacent waterworks offers a glimpse into yesteryear. The grass strip along the mill race offers a short walk to the shore of Mill Pond.

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Walk To The Pond

The Knubble – Westport

A beautiful spot at the western entrance of the Westport River, The Knubble is a large outcrop at lands end. The small strip of beach is owned by the Westport Land Conservation Trust. A loop walk along Beach Road and the beach itself offers a short half mile walk. There are some parking restrictions, so be aware of those and adhere to them.

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The Knubble at the End of Beach Road

Mackerel-Sheffield Coves – Jamestown

  • Mackerel-Sheffield Coves
  • Beavertail Road, Jamestown, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°29’20.82″N, 71°23’2.43″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 5, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy beach walk, best at low tide.

The road to Beavertail Lighthouse passes through a small strip of land flanked by the Mackerel and Sheffield Coves. A short beach walk of a half mile can be achieved here by visiting both sides of the road. Mackerel Cove to the south offers views toward the ocean while Sheffield Cove to the north offers a view of Fort Getty and the Jamestown Bridge.

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Mackerel Cove

Camara – Westport

Camara Conservation Area is a small property at the western end of town just off of Tickle Road. The short trail system comprises of a loop trail and an out and back trail that leads to a glacial erratic. The entrance passes through an area where you will likely be greeted by chickens. At the time of this hike we came across several chipmunks and squirrels.

Map can be found at: Camara

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Along The Trail At Camara