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Elder Ballou Cemetery – Cumberland

  • Elder Ballou Cemetery/Iron Rock Hill
  • Elder Ballou Meeting House Road, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead:  42° 0’22.74″N, 71°27’25.25″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 29, 2023
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation.

                                                                            

The Elder Ballou Cemetery was established in the 1700’s when the family came to the “wilderness” of Cumberland. Across the road from the cemetery once stood the meeting house the road is named for. In this cemetery you find almost the entire Ballou family as well as others. Some graves of note are the Place Family grave. Note the entire family passed within months in 1849. Edward Wright, a Civil War veteran, is here and has the distinction of having two headstones. Captain Levi Tower is buried here as well. He served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Some of the oldest graves date back to the 1770’s. Behind the cemetery is a small network of trails the make up Iron Rock Hill. This is a rather significant geological location, as it is the only known location in North America that has a bedrock of Cumberlandite (The official State rock), meaning all boulders and rocks of Cumberlandite found throughout the area has been displaced from here via glaciers. This rock is a dense mafic igneous rock that went through magmatic differentiation, showing almost no crystals on its exterior. Break a piece open though and you will see all of its hidden crystals. The rock, made of iron, magnesium, and titanium, is also magnetic and can rust. The properties also offer several flowering spring trees and a grove of pitch pine. Squirrels, chipmunks, and songbirds were abundant on this spring morning. The two properties combined offer a short, but interesting saunter through local history and geological history.

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Cemetery

Harbour Island – Narragansett

  • Harbour Island
  • Brush Hill Road, Narragansett, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°24’38.44″N, 71°29’39.72″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 5, 2023
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy with some elevation.

The out and back blue blazed “Main Trail” runs from Brush Hill Road to Beach Plum Road. Along the way you will pass a vernal pool and climb up and over a rather significant hill. At the top of the hill you will find a swing and also sweeping views of Long Cove. On the way back be sure to check out the two “Scenic Side Trails”, both blazed white. They offer more views of Long Cove. The entire hike in total is just under three quarters of a mile.

Trail map can be found at: Harbour Island

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The “Welcoming” Tree near the Brush Hill Entrance

Wheeler School – Seekonk

  • Wheeler School Farm Campus – Juniper Hill Loop
  • Woodward Avenue, Seekonk, MA
  • Trailhead:  41°51’7.12″N, 71°18’57.31″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 12, 2023
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

This lollipop loop hike is on the Wheeler School Farm Campus in Seekonk. The hike described here is short, but on the more secluded section of the property along the Runnins River. Starting from the trailhead on Woodward Avenue by utility pole 3245 (by the hydrant), you will first climb up a set of stone steps. The trail rises above the river to the left. To your right is a young grove of pines on what is called Juniper Hill. The trail soon splits. For this hike turn left and cross the river via a wooden bridge. Continue ahead keeping the pond and river to your right until you reach the next wooden bridge. There will be a few trails to the left that lead to the soccer fields, ignore them. After crossing the second bridge, stay to your right. The trail to the left leads to Prospect Street. Following the trail to the right will complete the loop around the pond. When you reach the next intersection, stay to the left. This will lead you back over Juniper Hill and to Woodward Avenue where you started the hike.

Trail map can be found at: Wheeler School

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Bridge Crossing The Runnins River

Sawmill Park Pond – Ledyard

This beautiful roadside attraction offers a short walk under a half mile long around a picturesque pond. The property has a historical sawmill, a dam and waterfall, and a bridge at each end of the pond to complete the loop. Though a short walk, you could spend a bit of time here taking photographs of yesteryear.

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Sawmill and Bridge

Glenlyon Field – East Providence

  • Glenlyon Field
  • Kelley Avenue, East Providence, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°50’25.15″N, 71°21’46.86″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 11, 2022
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy, paved walking path.

This city park wedged in the Rumford neighborhood offers a paved walking park just under a half mile long. The path follows the perimeter of the park that also offers a ball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a playground.

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Walking Path at Glenlyon

Sakonnet Vineyard – Little Compton

  • Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard
  • Peckham Road, Little Compton, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°31’44.04″N, 71°11’2.91″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 24, 2022
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy.

                                                                            

On the backside of the Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard property along Peckham Road is a small parking area and a kiosk offering public access to this privately owned land. The walk here is just under a mile and encircles an area of vineyards, hayfield, and vegetable fields. The walk is easy, however the low spots can be a bit muddy after a rain event.

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Spring at the Vineyard

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