- Basket Swamp Preserve
- Cornell Road, Tiverton, RI
- Trailhead: 41°37’15.08″N, 71° 9’17.73″W
- Last Time Hiked: September 23, 2015
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.7 miles
Just east of Weetamoo Woods is a property owned by the Tiverton Land Trust. Here at Basket Swamp the trails have recently been blazed and the RI Land Trust Council has created a trail map (see below). The trails here are very easy to follow, but be sure to follow the blazes as there are sharp turns and several other trails lead off of the property onto privately owned land. The trail starts at an asphalt parking area opposite the wind turbine in the open field. The trail, blazed white, first passes a large boulder before winding downhill into a fern covered forest. The trails here are soft and can be a little root bound, so watch your step. Soon I came to the first of several stone walls. Here the yellow blazed trail is to the left. I would return on that trail. For now I stayed to the right and continued to follow the white blazed trail to its end at a cleared swath of land. This cleared area is part of a gas utility easement. If you look to the right, in the distance you will see a red sign. Follow the clearing to that sign as it is the trailhead for the red trail. This trail follows the back edge of the property passing several more stone walls before coming to its end. I then turned left, followed the trail a short distance back to the cleared swath of land and saw the trail head for the yellow trail ahead. This trail follows the southern edge of the property briefly before turning north and heading back to the white blazed trail. Along this stretch is a small grove of holly and I came across some turkey. After reaching the white trail, I turned right and retraced my steps back to the car. I came across a couple of deer stands along this hike and there is signage requiring you to wear orange during hunting season.
Trail map can be found at: Basket Swamp.