- Burrillville Bike Path/Duck Pond
- Eastern Avenue, Burrillville, RI
- Trailhead: 41°57’36.37″N, 71°41’48.00″W
- Last Time Hiked: September 1, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 3.4 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
Another rails to trails site and one of the least known bike paths in Rhode Island. The Burrillville Bike Path is short, at only 1.2 miles long, which makes for a nice healthy two and half mile walk out and back. The bike path itself is in excellent condition, and at the time of my visit, heavily used by walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders. It is mostly flanked by large areas of woods and the calls of several types of birds, as well as frogs, could be heard. I also came across a sunbathing snake on the bike path. In most areas that it passes residential properties, privacy fences have been erected. At about the halfway point of the bike path there is a newly paved path that leads towards Duck Pond. (There is signage on the bike path). The paved path ends at a small cul-de-sac but a dirt path continues up over a small hill toward the pond. This path turns into a trail that, for the most part, loops around the pond. There are no marked trails here and there are a few trails that lead off the main trail. The property directly around the pond and back toward the bike path is owned by the Town of Burrillville. There is private property in the area though. Please respect the posted signs. The pond itself is very shallow at the moment and has an abundance of small fish and frogs. On the large peninsula at the south end of the pond there is the remnants of an old foundation. After exploring a bit around the pond and adding an extra mile to today’s walk, I made my way back to the bike path and retraced my steps to the car.
Trail map can be found at: Burrillville Bike Path/Duck Pond.