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Curran Reservoir – Cranston

  • Curran Reservoir
  • Laten Knight Road, Cranston, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°45’3.62″N, 71°32’26.95″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 13, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.2 miles
  • Easy, however trails not marked.

 

I had a trail map with me that I had copied from a book that was over twenty years old. The entrance on this map was at  Seven Mile Road.  All was good until about 100 feet into the hike. At the spillway there was suppose to be a bridge. No bridge and no obvious way of crossing. So, the surveyor in me kicked in.  I went back to the car and followed the perimeter of the property until I found another entrance on Laten Knight Rd. The trail-head is at a bend in the road where there is a small area to park.  I had followed this path straight in until I reached an area that was on the map that I had with me.  I was at an intersection.  I continued straight for a bit along a dam to take some pictures of the Upper Reservoir. I then retraced my steps back to the intersection and turned right onto a path in a southerly direction.  This path led me through some areas of pines before coming out to some power lines.  Be very aware of where this path comes out.  Fortunately someone had previously put flagging at this point to retrace the way out.  At the power lines I turned right and followed them for a short bit until I came to a path on the left.  It quickly came to a split. Following the map to the right, I came across a second missing bridge.  I was not able to continue on the path that loops the Lower Reservoir (also known as Spring Lake).  I then returned to the last intersection and took the path I hadn’t used yet. This took me to the shore of the reservoir where I took some pictures.  I could not tell where the path(s) went from there.  I then retraced my steps all the way back to the first intersection near the dam of the Upper Reservoir.  From there I went straight in a northerly direction.  I came across some horseshoe tracks before reaching the edge of the reservoir for yet another photo opportunity. Again I retraced my steps back to the intersection, then turning left and following the path I came in on back to the car. It was well worth looking for another entrance.  This was a nice late afternoon walk on state owned property along the Cranston/Scituate line. I ran into only a few kids on dirt-bikes but other than that it was quiet. The late afternoon sun through the trees made for many great shadows and pictures of the reservoirs.

This area is open to hunting. You should check hunting season schedules before hiking here.

I could not find a trail map on-line, however a D.E.M. map does show the property and some features: Curran Reservoir

Losing Daylight

Losing Daylight

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Black Farm – Hopkinton

  • Black Farm State Management Area
  • Rockville-Alton Road, Hopkinton, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°28’2.46″N, 71°43’42.15″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 9, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.7 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

 

A beautiful hike, pure solitude at some points.  From the trail-head  I had followed the path for a little over a half mile going through some heavily wooded area until I came to a field. At this point I turned left, crossed the Canonchet Brook by bridge, then took another immediate left. About halfway along this trail on the right was an old cemetery.  I had stopped to look around and discovered that there was a grave of a Civil War soldier here.   I then continued along the trail and took a right at the next split.  This took me by Plain Pond.  It was like being in New Hampshire or Maine.  So quiet and peaceful.  As I continued on the trail it turned and looped towards some open fields not before passing through an area of pine trees. Here I found myself stopping to listen… to nothing at all.  When I got to the field I turned right, took another right and a quick left and headed down an old railroad bed, crossing a very questionable bridge, continuing to the end where an old bridge abutment overlooks the Wood River.  This is where the original Narragansett Trail crossed the Wood River when it ran from Lantern Hill in Connecticut to Wordens Pond in South Kingstown.  I then retraced my steps back down the railroad to the path turned left which brought my back to the bridge that crossed the brook.  From here I retraced my steps about halfway back  to the trail-head where a path splits to the right.  I followed this path down to the brook where I found some small falls.  After lingering for a bit. I went back up the hill I came down went to the right and back to the parking area.  The trails here are not blazed but are fairly easy to follow. To this point this has to be my favorite hike.

This area is open to hunting. You should check hunting season schedules before hiking here.

Trail map can be found at: Black Farm

Canonchet Brook From The Bridge

Canonchet Brook From The Bridge

Wood River

Wood River

Trustom Pond – South Kingstown

  • Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • Matunuck School House Road, South Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°22’59.77″N, 71°35’7.49″W
  • Last Time Hiked: January 19, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.4 miles
  • Easy.
 

I decided to wake up very early to get to Trustom Pond for sunrise. A decision that was well worth it for picture taking. The hike was not too cold until the wind picked up but it was bearable.  From the parking lot I went right along the Farm Field Loop Trail to get to the Osprey Point Trail.  I followed that to the end where there is an observation area that overlooks the pond. I then retraced my steps until I got to the Red Maple Swamp Trail.  I followed this trail to the end passing on the right an old windmill.  I then proceeded to turn right following the Otter Point trail to its end.  Again retracing my steps until I got to Farm Pond. Then I followed a path that wound through an open field that had one very wind blown tree in it and then back to the parking lot. I saw some wildlife as well along this hike. A few white tailed deer, red tailed hawk, several Canadian geese, and an osprey were all seen on this hike.

Trail map can be found at: Trustom Pond Trail Map

Trustom Sunrise

Trustom Sunrise

Lone Tree In A Field

Lone Tree In A Field

Caratunk – Seekonk

  • Caratunk Wildlife Refuge
  • Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°52’26.71″N, 71°19’18.50″W
  • First Time Hiked: January 5, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: March 8, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 3.0 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

 

Although in Massachusetts, Caratunk Wildlife Refuge is a Audubon Society of Rhode Island property.  The property offers several features including a couple small ponds, bogs, fields of wildflowers, hemlock grove, and large boulders. From the parking lot turn left after the barn and pass through a open field along the red trail.  At the next intersection, the short red trail goes to the right.  Stay to the left and follow the trail pass the beginning of the blue trail to a trail that loops around Muskrat Pond.  After looping around the pond go left onto a trail that leads to the blue trail.  Follow the blue trail for a bit where you will cross Coles Brook by the Ice Pond.  Take note of the granite bridge. Coles Brook winds through the property and eventually flows into the Ten Mile River downstream. From here follow the blue blazed trail under the power lines and explore the back section of the property. There are several trails on the backside forming two loops. The trails here pass through bogs and stands of beeches and hemlocks. After exploring the blue trails make your way back to the yellow trail and follow it to Monument Rock, a very large boulder that is about ten feet high. From here make your way to the Boulder Train, and cross a bridge over a stream at the end of the trail where it meets the red trail.  At this intersection turn left onto the red trail through the pine woods and eventually back to the parking lot. Trail maps are available at the barn by the parking area.

More info & trail map can be found at: Caratunk Trail Map

Cole's Brook

Cole’s Brook

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