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Jenks Park – Central Falls

 

The largest park in the city of Central Falls offers a little less than a half mile of walking paths and a playground. The park adjacent to City Hall also has significant history and a tower that offers views of the surrounding area. The property is where Native Americans, up upon Dexter’s Ledge, first spotted a company of colonist soldiers during the King Phillips War in 1676. An ensuing battle took place nearby on the banks of the Blackstone River. During the battle a group of soldiers were taken prisoner and killed at Nine Men’s Misery in nearby Cumberland. The land that the park currently sits on was donated in 1890 and in 1904 Cogswell Tower was built upon Dexter’s Ledge. The tower is 70 feet tall and is the highest point in Central Falls. From the tower you see west to the Lincoln Highlands and south to Downtown Providence. Inside the tower is a winding wooden stairway that brings you to a platform just under the clock. Below the tower is one of Rhode Islands best kept secrets. In a vaulted chamber there is a grotto that sits under the tower. The walls are the sides of Dexter’s Ledge and the brick ceiling serves as the base of the tower. Tours are offered occasionally by the City of Central Falls.

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Cogswell Tower at Jenks Park

River Island – Central Falls

 

The smallest city (by area) in the state is very congested, yet it still offers a small wooded area along the Blackstone River with a short trail. This walk starts from a small park on High Street that features a short walking track. Between the track and the river is an overlook down to the river. There is a bridge that leads you to wooded area with the short trail system. The river passes this area rather swiftly. The entire walk itself is just around a half mile.

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Trail at River Island

Valley Marsh – Lincoln/Central Falls

**August 2015 – Access to the parking area is currently restricted by locked gates**

This walk starts at the parking area for the Lincoln Almond Ball Field. It is a straight “in and out” walk along a half mile path. The path is just beyond the barricade gate. The walk starts at first going along the path. Soon water appears on each side. This is part of Valley Falls Pond. The path dead ends at a peninsula where there were several swans, blackbirds, and other varieties of birds. At this point you have actually crossed over into Central Falls. From here I turned around and retraced my steps.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

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Valley Falls Pond