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Knight Farm Trail – Cranston

 

One of the newest trails in Rhode Island, opened in June 2017, the Knight Farm Trail offers three different and distinctive types of walks in one. This hike offers a walk along old roads, narrow trails, and a walk around a farm. And what a hike it is! A tall canopy of trees and thickly wooded, but yet so close to the city. The trail starts on Laten Knight Road opposite Beechwood Drive. There is a small sign at the trail head. The white blazed trail first follows a old narrow dirt road for several hundred feet before the power lines. Here the road turns to the right. Continue straight onto the narrow white blazed trail. Being a new trail and not overly used yet, the trail is yet to be well defined. It is, however, very well blazed. Be sure to keep an eye on the blazes. Soon you will reach a sign for the one mile loop. Stay to the right here and continue to follow the white blazes. A short spur trail to the right will lead you to a seasonal tributary of the Lippett Brook. Continuing along the loop trail, you will soon notice some small boulders and stone walls. The trail then turns to the left into a field. Stay to the right here and follow the perimeter of the field about half way around it. The field is actively cultivated so be sure not to wander into the crops. About halfway around the field look for the post with a single white blaze. The trail renters the woods once again and soon widens to another old dirt road. There are a couple boardwalks in the wet areas along this stretch. Keep an eye on the upcoming turn. The white blazes lead you to the left back onto a very narrow trail that will complete the loop back at the “Loop Trail” sign. Here, turn right and retrace your steps back to the trail head. Some notes on the blazing. All the trails are blazed white and use a single blaze for long straight sections. Turns are marked by a double blaze or a sign. Be sure to note to next blaze at a turn to make sure you are heading the right direction.

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Sign In The Woods

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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

  • Urban Coastal Greenway
  • Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°47’10.43″N, 71°22’52.11″W
  • First Time Hiked: June 6, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: September 13, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Easy.

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. From here there is a newly added section of pathways that lead to the southeasterly tip of Fields Points. 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