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

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

Childrens Grove – Bristol

A small wooded parcel along the side of the road offers a short quarter mile crescent shaped trail with a short spur onto an island at the back side of the small pond. The front of the property offers benches to sit by the pond. Though very small, the property is quite plentiful of small critters like chipmunks and squirrels.

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Small Pond at Childrens Grove

Juniper Hill Cemetery – Bristol

This historic cemetery opened in the 1850’s and is the final resting place for several famous Bristol residents including the  Colts and the De Wolfes. The cemetery offers narrow winding roads. Following the perimeter will give you a walk of about three quarters of a mile. The cemetery also offers several species of shrubs and trees. Tours are offered here occasionally.

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Entrance to The Cemetery

Old Mill Creek – Warwick

There is an unmarked loop trail off of Draper Avenue opposite the parking area for the walking track. The main trail connects two neighborhoods and the other trail that makes the loop nears Old Mill Creek and Buckeye Brook. There is no actual view of the creek. The trails here are heavily used by ATV’s and dirt bikes.

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At The Entrance by Draper Avenue

Kinney Azalea Gardens – South Kingstown

  • Kinney Azalea Gardens
  • Kingstown Road, South Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°28’39.44″N, 71°31’11.89″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 8, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.6 miles
  • Easy garden walk.

The Kinney Azalea Gardens is a privately owned property open to the public. There is no entrance fee, however donations are accepted. There are several species of azaleas and rhododendrons located among the several winding paths. There is a “Troll Bridge” and a “Hidden Bridge” and all the paths have names. Some are wide enough for service vehicles and other are very narrow. Also, look for the famous “moongate”. The best time to visit is May into June. For more information go to their website.

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Early May at Kinney.

Sunnyacres Preserve – Westerly

Sunnyacres Preserve is one of Westerly’s lesser known properties. The walk follows the perimeter of the property along the tree line. The large open field is a haven for bees, butterflies, and other insects. The birds can be heard rustling in the shrubs and trees along the grass mowed path. Near the parking area at the top of the hill is an impressive cellar hole.

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Stone Walls and Trees