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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

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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

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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