Archive for the ‘ ~1 Mile or Less~ ’ Category

Sycamore Landing – Lincoln

 

This small property wedged between the Blackstone River and the bike path is the home to The Blackstone River Watershed Council. Yesteryear it served as a dump for a nearby mill and later a scrap yard for automobiles. Over several years the volunteers have steadily cleaned up the site and made improvements to bring it back to a near natural state and to offer the land for passive recreation. A short network of trails have recently been blazed here as well. Though a short hike, it offers stunning and sweeping up close views of the Blackstone River. Starting from the parking area below the bike path parking lots walk toward the split rail fence. Just before the fence turn to the left and follow the path. You will soon see red blazes. The red blaze trail follows the shore of the river offering several spots to take in the great views. Along the way be on the look out for the massive and towering sycamore tree that gives this property its name. At the southern end of the property the red trail turns to the right and loops back to the north following a row of utility poles. Soon there will be a trail intersection. To the right is the blue blazed trail. Turn right here and follow this trail through the interior of the property. You will soon find yourself within a predominantly locust shaded meadow. The blue trail continues ahead to the left of the red building upon the hill. The trail then turns to the left into a grassy area behind the Watershed Council Building. After passing the building stay to the right to get to the parking area. Take your time here while visiting. You will see evidence of beaver activity or might catch a glimpse of deer or turkey. Geese and ducks were also observed here. For information about the Watershed Council and the Friends of The Blackstone click here!

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The Blackstone River

Manitou Hassannash Preserve – Hopkinton

  • Manitou Hassannash Preserve
  • Lawton Foster Road North, Hopkinton, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°29’11.00″N, 71°45’19.89″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 19, 2020
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Fairly easy, trails “fade” at backside of property.

 

This small 14 acre property tucked away off of Lawton Foster Road offers a short half mile hike and history lesson. There is not a set trail system on the property although it is very defined at the entrance. The property has what is called a “wander zone” as the trails fade. Here is a large cluster of spirit stone gatherings placed by the Native Americans. For such a small property there are hundreds of them. There is also a historic cemetery with the grave of Thomas Brightman who fought in the American Revolution. For more information visit the Hopkinton Historical Association.

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The Wander Zone

Central Coventry Park – Coventry

 

This town park has two very distinct offerings. The first is recreation, with tennis courts, ball fields, picnic sites, and a perimeter walk. The second is Cold War history. This park was once the launch location (PR-69 L) for Nike missiles that defended the city of Providence from Soviet bombers. The walk here is short, but for any history enthusiast it is worth the stop. From the parking area follow the chain link fence of the ball field to the southern tree line and turn left following the grass strip between the fence and trees. Follow the fence line to its end and ahead and to the right is a pine needle covered path. A little further up on the left are the old military buildings. From here follow the road back a few feet and turn right onto the access road. Follow the road pass the cell tower. Soon there is grass on the right. Stay to the right here and a short trail follows the fence along the southwest end of the property returning you to where you began.

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Cold War Ruins (?) Just Off The Trail

Dexter Training Ground – Providence

 

In the West End of Providence is the Dexter Training Ground. Situated behind the iconic Cranston Street Armory, this city park offers a playground, dog park, and walkways. The property has some history as it served as a training ground during the Civil War and camp site during World War I for troops waiting to be deployed. The perimeter of the park offers a half mile walk. Note also the architecture of the old houses in the neighborhood.

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Cranston Street Armory.

Copicut Reservoir – Fall River

 

This is a very short walk on a peninsula that is just under a half mile in total. This location, used mostly by fishermen, offers a short trail that reaches to the end of the peninsula. The views of the reservoir are spectacular and makes it well worth the stop if in the area. Be on the look out for several types of birds here that visit the reservoir.

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A Thawing Copicut Reservoir

Sakonnet Point Path – Little Compton

  • Sakonnet Point Path
  • Sakonnet Point Road, Little Compton, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°27’50.06″N, 71°11’43.81″W
  • Last Time Hiked: January 5, 2020
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy.

 

This is a very short walk just being under a half mile in total. The walkway, open to the public, is provided by the Sakonnet Point Club. The short paved path wraps around a parking lot separated by a post and rail fence. The remainder of the walk is out to the end of the breakwater. The views here are spectacular. To the south is the lower reaches of the Sakonnet River meeting the Atlantic Ocean as well as the lighthouse just off shore. If you look closely you will spot the ruins of the West Island Fishing Club (just to the left of the lighthouse). To the northwest you can spot the Newport Bridge peaking over Aquidneck Island. If you do venture onto the breakwater use caution.

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Sakonnet Point Light and The Atlantic Ocean

Grays Mill Pond – Little Compton/Westport

  • Grays Mill Pond/Guild Preserve
  • Adamsville Road, Westport, MA
  • Trailhead:  41°33’21.52″N, 71° 7’36.93″W
  • Last Time Hiked: January 5, 2020
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Fairly easy, can be muddy.

 

The trail and property is entirely in Little Compton, Rhode Island, however, you must park in Westport and venture your way to the property. The parking area is next to the pond on the north side of Adamsville Road. There is a sign here at the parking area the reads “Additional Parking Grays Daily Grind”. At the back side of the parking area is a post and rail fence with a gate. After passing through the gate you are in Little Compton. Stay to the right here and follow the brushline up a small hill after passing the small structures on the right. At the top of the hill is a sign at the entrance of the preserve. Just beyond the sign a trail appears downhill and to the left that leads to a footbridge that crosses the West Branch of the Westport River. Just after the bridge there is a loop trail that is currently blazed red. The trail itself is a little root bound and can be muddy in spots. At the north end of the loop there is a small clearly for another glimpse of the river. Another highlight of the property is stunningly tall holly tree along the trail. The property is small and the trail is short, but the river and nearby pond make for peaceful stops.

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Footbridge at The Entrance of The Property

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Map Provided by Sakonnet Preservation

Little Creek Preserve – Portsmouth

 

The newest of the Aquidneck Land Trust properties, Little Creek offers a half mile loop trail as well as several short spurs. The property also will feature a boardwalk over a marsh for birding and wildlife viewing. This boardwalk is slated to open in the fall of 2020. The trails wind through thickets, wildflower fields, and brush making the property a haven for birds. the eastern edge of the preserve has two connector trails to the Sakonnet Greenway if you wanted to add some extra mileage. Be sure to bring your camera if you are a birder or wildflower enthusiast.

Map can be found at: Little Creek Preserve.

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Little Creek Preserve

La Farge Point Park – North Kingstown

  • La Farge Point Park
  • Walmsley Lane, North Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°30’20.98″N, 71°27’21.06″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 14, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

 

This small town park offers two very short trails that lead to the shores of the Narrow River. There is a road that leads to a small parking area, but the road is rather primitive and parking there would all but eliminate a walk of any distance. For this walk park at the bend in the road at Walmsley Lane and follow the road eastward to the park. The road itself is a public right of way, but do respect the private properties along the road.

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The Narrow River

Hull Cove – Jamestown

 

Hull Cove is a spectacular spot at the end of a short trail in southern Jamestown. The town owned land offers a short walk of a little over a quarter mile out and back with some wandering along the beach. When the surf is up, you will likely find surfers here.

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Rough Sea at Hull Cove (Passing of Hurricane Dorian – 2019)