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Black Point – Narragansett

  • Black Point
  • Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°23’59.37″N, 71°27’52.91″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 10, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Easy with some rock scaling.

 

This was a nice short mile and a half walk along some very easy paths. There is also the option of some rock scaling here. I started from a parking area just north of Scarborough Beach and I followed the path into the property. Then I immediately took a left onto a fairly new loop path. The path wrapped around an area of thickets and then turned along the the top of bank with some nice ocean views. Just under a half mile the newer loop path turns right and heads back to the parking area. I continued straight onto the older grass path for a bit. After going down a small hill I made my way out the the rocks and spent a little time exploring the area as the waves crashed on the rocks. Both the Point Judith and Beavertail Lights were visible in the distance. I then found my way back to the path and continued southerly until I came across an old stone structure. At this point Scarborough Beach begins. If you wanted to add more distance to this walk you could easily walk the beach. I, however, decided to head back following the grass path back and then turned left on a short path back to the parking area.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Black Point (Point Judith Light I The Distance To The Right)

Black Point (Point Judith Light In The Distance To The Right)

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Rocky Point – Warwick

  • Rocky Point
  • Rocky Point Avenue, Warwick, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°41’21.91″N, 71°22’15.31″W
  • First Time Hiked: April 7, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: July 24, 2016
  • Approximate distance walked: 2 miles
  • Fairly easy, could be slightly harder on windy days.

 

Rocky Point for well over a hundred years was home to one of Rhode Islands amusement parks.  That ended in 1995 when the amusement park closed and so ended the amusement park era in all of Rhode Island.  In 2011 the City of Warwick constructed a mile long walking path between the former amusement park and the shoreline of Narragansett Bay. Soon after, the rest of the park was bought by the State of Rhode Island to be developed into a state park. The former rides and buildings were torn down and replaced by large areas of lawn.  Starting at a parking lot on Rocky Point Avenue near the former entrance of the park I followed the mile long path until it’s end then turned around and then made my way through the former parking lot and to the large lawn.  Only a few structures of the former park remain. There is a large metal tower as well as the old chairlift ride. At the top of the hill closest to the water is another circular stone structure. The iconic arched entrance gate is also still here. From here the Mount Hope, Jamestown, and Newport bridges are all visible as well as the Conimicut Lighthouse.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

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Remains of Yesteryear

Brickyard Pond/Veterans Memorial Park – Barrington

  • Brickyard Pond/Veterans Memorial Park
  • West Street, Barrington, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°44’13.75″N, 71°18’43.11″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 17, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.7 miles
  • Easy.

 

Brickyard Pond is known mostly for its fishing, but there are several short trails here to be hiked. From the YMCA parking lot make your way down the entrance road until the first split. There is a kiosk here, turn left onto the Green Trail. This trail leads you through a long stretch of wooded area with some small stream crossings. Be sure to follow the green blazes as there are several unmarked spur trails. Soon you will reach a four way intersection. Follow the Red Trail which leads you to the shore of Brickyard Pond. The trail hugs the pond for a bit before coming to a grassy area by the pond. The Red Trail continues ahead and ends at the bike path. Turn right onto the bike path and follow it back to the parking lot.

Trail map can be found at: Brickyard Pond/Veterans Memorial Park

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Along The Red Trail

Neutaconkanut Hill – Providence

  • Neutaconkanut Hill
  • Plainfield Street, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°48’40.99″N, 71°27’45.71″W
  • First Time Hiked: March 17, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: February 26, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.8 miles
  • Moderate with some significant elevation.

 

 

Providence is a bustling New England city with miles and miles of blocks of brick buildings, mills, and tenement houses.In the western end of the city a large tract of land is preserved as open space. When you are on the trails of Neutaconkanut Hill you soon forget that you are still in fact in the city. The hill once served as the northwestern boundary of Providence as agreed upon by the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and the Native Americans. Starting at the parking area by the Recreation Center on Plainfield Street, first follow the orange blazed trail into the woods. You will soon come to a trail intersection. Turn left onto the red blazed Pond Trail. You will first soon King Pond below to the left before coming to the Great Stone Steps. This stretch is very steep and can be difficult. Just beyond the top of the hill is a four way intersection. Turn left onto the orange blazed trail. It will eventually come the first of several outlooks. From this side of the hill on clear days you will be offered sweeping views to the southeast. A glimpse of the Easy Bay and Newport is possible during the weather conditions. After a quick stop at the outlook continue along the orange blazed trail to the Pinnacle Boardwalk. There is a nice bench here to take a quick break. Continuing to follow the orange blazed trail will lead you next to the remains of two Camaros. This site is a testament to how nature reclaims the land and objects left there. The trail then wraps to the left. A trail to the right leads down a steep bank and over a stream. For this hike do not take that turn, continue straight and follow the straight, level trail that descends slightly downhill. The trail then turns to the right a bit and winds towards the King Monument, named after the family who donated the land. After the monument, look for the blue trail on the left. Follow the blue trail in its entirety. The trail winds through the hillside offering another (unmarked) overlook near its southern most bend before looping back to the north passing well above an area of swamp to the left. At the end of the trail turn left onto the orange blazed trail and follow it to the road. Across the road is a meadow, walk through this area to a set of rock outcrops. From these outcrops is an impressive view of Downtown Providence. There is also the ruins of a bandstand here. In the early to mid 20th century this spot was used for concerts and gatherings. Make your way down the hill to the road below. Along the timber guardrail is an opening that leads to the WPA (Works Progress Administration) steps and path that will lead you down to the bottom of the hill to the park and ball fields by the parking area.

Trail map can be found at: Neutaconkanut Hill

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Overlooking Providence

Beaver River – Richmond

  • Beaver River Preserve
  • Fox Ridge Drive, Richmond, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°32’30.50″N, 71°39’13.00″W
  • Last Time Hiked: January 27, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation and climbing.
 

I found Beaver River to be a beautiful place for a hike. It is heavily wooded with many boulders. It was suggested to do this hike before the leaves were on the trees. A lot of the trails are along ridge lines of the hills which have great views of the valleys. I started this hike at the dead end section of Fox Ridge Drive and proceeded to follow the loop by first going to the left at the first intersection.  This path went through many areas of boulders and then through a pine grove. At the next intersection a spur goes to the left which I took to get to the river. Beaver River itself had two beaver dams built in it and was quite iced over. Retracing my steps back to the beginning of the spur, I then took a left back onto the loop.  At this point some climbing is necessary but not difficult.  The trail eventually brings you back to the trail-head.  There are several plank bridges along the paths and the entire trail is well marked with yellow blazes. I did not see any wildlife to speak on this hike. Maybe it was just too cold.

Trail map can be found at: Beaver River Preserve

Beaver Dam On The Frozen Beaver River

Beaver Dam On The Frozen Beaver River

Some Climbing Required

Some Climbing Required

Lime Rock – Lincoln

  • Aust Family Preserve at Lime Rock 
  • Wilbur Road, Lincoln, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°55’18.64″N, 71°28’3.89″W
  • First Time Hiked: January 13, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: January 1, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.3 miles
  • Moderate due to some elevation.

 

Featuring one of the newest loop trails in Rhode Island, the Nature Conservancy’s Lime Rock Preserve in Lincoln offers a variety of flora and an abundance of outcrops. The new blue loop trail was established in the spring of 2015 and adds a pleasant addition to the existing yellow loop trail. For this hike I combined the two to highlight almost all of the features of the property. Starting from a small parking pull off along Wilbur Road (41°55’18.6″N 71°28’03.9″W), I followed the yellow blazed trail a few hundred feet to the first trail intersection. Here I turned right onto the blue blazed trail, up a set of stairs, and immediately uphill passing several boulders, outcrops, and beech trees before the trail levels slightly. After passing a set of boardwalks, the trails climbs uphill again to the first of several stone walls. The trail stays to the right of the stone wall at first, then passes through it to another trail intersection. This is actually the blue loop trail. Here I decided to continue straight soon passing through an area of ferns. Soon the trail comes to an old cart path. I turned left here continuing to follow the blue blazed trail. Below to the right is the Moshassuck River and a hill is to the left. This stretch of the trail is quite pretty with plenty of young beech trees. At the next trail intersection I turned right onto a spur trail, still blazed blue, that leads to the yellow loop trail. There is a spot where you need to climb over a stone wall. Use caution here, especially during wet conditions. When I reached the yellow trail I turned right and soon found myself at the dam. To the left is the reservoir and on the right down below are the headwaters of the Moshassuck River that flows to Downtown Providence. After crossing the dam the trail turns left uphill following a stone covered service road for about a tenth of a mile. The yellow blazed trail then turns left back into the woods as the service road bears to the right. Soon I approached an area with a few large boulders and a stone bridge that crosses of a trickling stream. The trails then meanders north of the reservoir before turning left at the next intersection. You may notice that the trail ahead is very straight and level. This stretch is an old railway bed that once was used by electric railcars for service between Providence and Woonsocket. Because of the need to be level for railroad use it makes for an interesting trail as it first passes through areas where ledge was removed and then passes high above the valley below. As the terrain around the trail levels out a bit another trail intersection appears. If you care to avoid the hills of the blue loop again, you can continue straight at this intersection following the old railroad bed (also blazed yellow) back to the parking area. I turned left to complete the yellow blazed loop, crossed the boardwalk, and followed the trail to the blue trail on the right. Turning here, I soon was crossing the stone wall once again before coming to the blue loop trail once again. I turned right and started a slow steady climb up the hill along a very quiet and secluded stretch of trail. The trail takes a sharp right at a massive boulder and continues climbing uphill until it reaches a ridge at the top of the hill. Continuing to follow the blue blazes I soon found myself at a trail intersection. Here I turned right, retracing my steps downhill, across the boardwalks, and down the steps, to the yellow trail. Turning left I was soon back at the Wilbur Road.

Trail map can be found at: Lime Rock Trail Map

The Blue Trail At Lime Rock.

The Blue Trail At Lime Rock.

 

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