- Boyden Heights Conservation Area
- Boyden Boulevard, East Providence, RI
- Trailhead: 41°47’22.29″N, 71°22’10.90″W
- First Time Hiked: June 9, 2013
- Last Time Hiked: November 21, 2015
- Approximate distance hiked: 0.6 mile
- Easy with slight elevation.
Boyden Heights is an East Providence Conservation Commission property that overlooks a cove and the Providence River. The trailhead starts at a small parking area on Boyden Boulevard. There is a red blazed loop trail, a blue blazed “lollipop” loop trail, as well as a few spurs that lead to the bike path on the property. It is small enough that you will not get lost if you choose to explore the entire property. One of the highlights of Boyden Heights is the dock that reaches out into the cove. Swans, ducks, and several other species of birds, including orioles, yellow finches, and woodpeckers are commonly seen here. Across the cove, the clubhouse of the Squantum Association is the most predominant structure. It was built in 1900 replacing the 1873 structure. This building is used for weddings and receptions. President Arthur and President Taft have attended events here. The property also abuts the East Bay Bike Path, if you wanted a walk of more distance you could follow the bike path south to the Ponham Rocks Lighthouse or to the north toward Watchemoket Cove.
Trail map at: Boyden Heights.