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Briggs Park – Cranston

  • Briggs Park/U.S. Senator John H. Chafee Athletic & Recreational Complex
  • Hope Road, Cranston, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°45’12.97″N, 71°30’43.32″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 21, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Easy.

 

In western Cranston there is a rather large athletic complex along Hope Road. The complex is home to the Cranston West Little League and several soccer fields. There is a half mile paved walking track around the largest field on the east side of the property. At the southern end of the walking path is a trail that leads to the west side of the complex and the nearby Hope Highlands Middle School. Exploring the trails and doing one lap on the walking path was just about a mile.

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Walking Path

Cooney/Tate – Cranston

  • John E. Cooney/Ralph J. Tate Field
  • Gansett Avenue, Cranston, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°47’12.44″N, 71°27’8.56″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 30, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy.

These two fields essentially make for one city park. There are a couple of ball fields and a tot park here. The upper field is also used for soccer. There is a running/jogging/walk path that follows the perimeter of the park. Walkers are asked to stay to the outer edge and the runners to the inner edge. The smaller loop is just under a quarter of a mile as the full perimeter path is an exact half mile.

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Walking Track

Howard Conservation Area – Warwick/Cranston

This trail, which lies on a former railroad bed, is wedged between an industrial area and the Pawtuxet River. It is a short out and back walk on a grassy path that is surrounded by shrubs and some wildflowers. It is a haven for birds in an area that lacks open space. Although the parking area is in Warwick, the walk itself is almost entirely in Cranston. It first passes a cemetery that is the final resting place for people who were in the State Institutions. It then follows the former railroad bed and a set of power lines for about 0.4 miles. It ends near the industrial area on Ross Simons Drive. After returning to the cemetery I found a spur trail leads from the corner of the cemetery to the river.

I did not find a map on-line.

Once A Railroad In An Industrial Area Is Now A Trail.

Once A Railroad In An Industrial Area Is Now A Trail.

Tongue Pond – Cranston

 
 

A while back I had stopped for dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Cranston. I had noticed a walking path behind the restaurant. This morning while exploring relatively unknown walks in the Providence area I stopped and did this one. Parking at the restaurant (you could also park at Lowes) I started the rather short walk around the pond. The path is paved and is flanked most of the way with a post and rail fence. At the far end of the loop there is a connector path to the Cranston Bike Path (walk for another day). You could very easily add any amount of distance to this walk by utilizing the bike path. At the end of this walk I had a sudden craving for a sirloin… I indulged!

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Tongue Pond Path

Tongue Pond Path

Meshanticut Park – Cranston

 

Little known except to locals and nestled in a Cranston neighborhood, Meshanticut State Park is a quiet and nice short walk on paved paths and narrow roads that wrap around Meshanticut Lake. Many people walk their dogs here and there is an abundance of water fowl and squirrels, both that seem fearless to people and come right up to you. The one loop around the lake is approximately three quarters of a mile.

I did not find a map on-line.

Meshanticut Lake

Meshanticut Lake

Urban Coastal Greenway – Providence/Cranston

This walk is actually two separate paths on adjacent properties. One is on the Save The Bay property and the other is on Johnson and Wales property at the south end of Fields Point. Starting from the parking lot at the Save The Bay building I crossed a wooden bridge to the stone path which runs along the extreme northern part of Narragansett Bay (technically the Providence River at this location). At the boathouse I followed the path to the right of the building to the entrance road. Leaving the Save The Bay property there is a stone parking area to the left and the beginning of the second path. I followed this path to the end as it crosses into Cranston and then retraced my steps back to the car. A short walk indeed with great views of the upper bay. From this area you can see Sabins Point, Conimicut Point, and Pawtuxet. You can also see the Pomham Rocks lighthouse as well the Conimicut Light all to the south and over the water. To the north you can see the downtown Providence skyline as well as the massive wind turbines at the Port of Providence. If you get a chance, check out the floor in the lobby of the Save The Bay Center. It is a map of the entire bay and surrounding area.

Looking South Towards The Bay

Looking South Towards The Bay

Pawtuxet River – Cranston/Warwick

This trail is a perfect example of where nature meets modern urbanization. Starting at the parking lot by the locally well known banquet facility Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, I followed the trail along the north side of the river making my way to Warwick Avenue. The trail pretty much follows the shore of the river and is heavily wooded. At the end of the section of the trail you must follow a narrow trail between a fence and the river and make your way to the bridge to cross the river. I stopped to take a look at the river here and noticed a family of geese with four goslings. This is where there is some confusion to where the trail goes next. After crossing the bridge into Warwick, you need to make your way toward the back of the Shaw’s supermarket. From a distance it does not appear to be much of anything, but as you get closer a very narrow trail appears. I followed this trail behind the supermarket (There is another entrance to this trail from the supermarket parking lot if you are not comfortable walking behind the building). The trail has been marked orange and again follows the bank of the river. There is a split ahead with the orange trail going to the right and a green marked trail going to the left following the riverbank. I opted for the green trail. From this trail you can see the Rhodes On The Pawtuxet across the river. Eventually this trail merges again with the orange trail. The trail then comes into a grass clearing near an old manufacturing building before turning back into the final stretch of the wooded trail. The trail ends at Post Road where I turned left and followed it to Pawtuxet Village. As you approach the village you will see some of the oldest houses in the area, some dating back to the 1700’s. In the village, there are few restaurants, ice cream shop, and a pub among other little businesses. The bridge over the river in the village overlooks a series of small waterfalls. After crossing the bridge back into Cranston I made my way to Rhodes Place, turned left, and made my way to the car.

Trail map can be found at: Pawtuxet River

Pawtuxet River

Pawtuxet River