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Diamond Hill – Cumberland

  • Diamond Hill
  • Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead: 42° 0’9.32″N, 71°25’4.20″W
  • First Time Hiked: April 27, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: August 19, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.7 miles
  • Moderate, uphill sections can be rather strenuous.

 

From the 1940’s until the early 1980’s, Diamond Hill was once known as Ski Valley. Over the years the skiing stopped and the property became a town park. The hill, with a summit of 481 feet above sea level, offers several miles of trails. Just recently trails have been blazed and navigation is much easier. There are some rather steep inclines to the top of the hill, but for this hike, the route chosen is likely the most gradual. The route also closely follows what is known as the Diamond Hill Park Trail on most GPS maps and Google Maps. Starting from the gravel parking area follow the paved road to the north of the bandstand area. Just beyond the cul-de-sac is a short section of roadway that dead ends to the right of a block building. This is where the yellow blazed trail begins. For this hike follow the yellow blazed trail up to the water tanks. Along the way, the Warner Trail joins and follows part of the yellow trail up to the summit. When you reach the water tanks there are a couple trails to your right that lead you to the summit. In months when there are no leaves and the skies are clear, you will be able to see the Boston skyline and Mount Wachusett. After checking out the summit return to the yellow blazed trail by the water tank. There is construction of a new water tank, so the yellow trail has been rerouted to follow along the west side of the old “Ski Valley” water tank. Shortly and to the right you will see green blazes. Follow them to begin your descent down the hill. The trails the remainder of the way can be quite rocky. Use caution. Continue to follow the green blazed trail after it crosses the red blazed trail. The green trail will end at the blue blazed trail where you want to turn left. The blue trail in turn ends at the (sporadically) white blazed Warner Trail. Stay to the right here and continue downhill. At the bottom of the hill there is a sharp hairpin turn to the right where the trail levels out. Along this stretch you will catch glimpses of the massive rock wall to your right and several small caves. Ahead on the left is the orange trail. You will want to follow the orange trail as it hugs the shoreline of Sylvys Brook. The orange blazed trail exits near the bottom of the former ski-slope. From here veer to your left and back to the parking area.

 

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A Cave Along The Diamond Hill Trail

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Map of the Newly Blazed Trail System

 

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High Rock Farm/Scott Brook – Cumberland

  • High Rock Farm Preserve/Scott Brook Conservation Area/Tucker Field
  • Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°57’48.70″N, 71°26’25.42″W
  • First Time Hiked: April 15, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: September 24, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.5 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

 

This hike starts at the extreme northeasterly corner of the parking lot at Tucker Field across from the Cumberland High School. You will notice a red blaze on a post. First follow the red blazed trail. Just after the power lines the red blazed trail turns to the right, continue straight onto the white blazed trail. This trail winds through the Scott Brook Preserve passing several small streams. At the end of the white trail stay to the right and follow the red blazes for a little bit until you see the blue blazed trail on the left and ahead. Here at this intersection is one of the properties highlights. It is a corn crib, a large metal silo. Next, follow the blue blazes up and over a significant hill and into the meadow. Here are several birdhouses that are built to attract bluebirds. From here retrace your steps along the blue trail. You will see the red blazed trail once again to the left. Follow it back to Tucker Field.

Trail map for High Rock Farm only can be found at: High Rock Farm

Cart Path At High Rock Farm

Cart Path At High Rock Farm

Geddes Bowen – Cumberland

  • Veronica Geddes Bowen Wildlife Refuge
  • Stone Bridge Drive, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°56’16.19″N, 71°25’16.06″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 15, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.25 miles
  • Easy.

 

The Cumberland Land Trust has several pieces of property throughout the town. Four of them have hiking trails, although short trails at that. This morning I decided to bulk them together for a morning of hiking of just over 5 and a half miles. (The others being High Rock, Otis Farm, & Atlantic White Cedar Swamp). The first of the hikes was an easy stroll starting at the dead end of Stone Bridge Drive. The unblazed trail followed a pond with several ducks on one side and the backyards of abutting properties on the other. At the end of the trail, I turned right and followed that trail to the property line of the preserve (marked by a stone wall). The trail apparently continues onto the Monastery property, but that will be a hike for a different day. I then retraced my steps back to the trail intersection and continued straight to Angell Road. At this point I turned around and retraced my steps back to the car. The first path had some fallen trees. It may be easier to enter the preserve from Angell Road at pole number 21.

Trail map can be found at: Geddes Bowen

Geddes Bowen Pond

Geddes Bowen Pond

Connors Farm – Smithfield

  • Connors Farm Conservation Area
  • Connors Farm Road, Smithfield, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°54’16.92″N, 71°33’45.34″W
  • First Time Hiked: April 14, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: November 13, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.6 miles
  • Moderate with areas of significant elevation.

 

I did not come across much information on-line about this hike, but it is by far one of the best kept secrets in Rhode Island. Starting at a small parking area tucked away between 20 & 24 Connors Farm Road I entered the conservation area. A couple of minutes in I came to the first intersection. At each intersection there is a trail map with a “You Are Here” tag and the paths are very well marked. At this point I turned right onto the red trail. The red trail crosses a small brook at a wooden bridge then continues along the shore of a small pond that has several birdhouses on poles. Toward the end of the pond there is a spur to the right if you want an unobstructed view of the pond. Continuing back to the red trail I came to the next intersection. Here I opted to follow the blue trail. This trail started at first with a slow ascent going by a spectacularly long stone wall. As it bends around to the left the ascent increases. In this area the blue trail splits. To the left was the “Lower Trail” and to the right was the “Cave Trail” both marked as blue. Curiosity kicked in at this point. Cave Trail it was. This section was a bit of a workout as the incline increased more. The trail was narrow and ran along the edge of glacier formations with small caves. I actually had thought to myself that this section would be quite dangerous in wet weather. After the caves the “Lower Trail” rejoined the “Cave Trail” and then the blue trail gave one last challenge of ascent before ending at the yellow trail. I then turned left onto the yellow trail. (More distance could be added to this hike by turning right at this point.) I followed the yellow trail as it winded through the woods until its end at the red trail. Take some time here. The views are spectacular and you get an idea of how much elevation you have climbed so far. Don’t get too close to the edge though. After a short sightseeing break I then proceeded to the right and followed the red trail around a loop to the left, past a wild cranberry bog on the right (I will be back in the fall to check that out), large boulders and outcrops to the left, down to a stone bridge which crosses the stream, and then just a little further to the entrance path on the right. So far, one of the best hikes this year!

I could not find a trail map on-line. See below, I took a picture of one.

Cave Trail

Cave Trail

Connors Trail Map

Connors Trail Map

This trail was featured in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine – October 2014

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)

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

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