- Curran Reservoir
- Laten Knight Road, Cranston, RI
- Trailhead: 41°45’3.62″N, 71°32’26.95″W
- Last Time Hiked: March 13, 2013
- Approximate distance hiked: 2.2 miles
- Easy, however trails not marked.
I had a trail map with me that I had copied from a book that was over twenty years old. The entrance on this map was at Seven Mile Road. All was good until about 100 feet into the hike. At the spillway there was suppose to be a bridge. No bridge and no obvious way of crossing. So, the surveyor in me kicked in. I went back to the car and followed the perimeter of the property until I found another entrance on Laten Knight Rd. The trail-head is at a bend in the road where there is a small area to park. I had followed this path straight in until I reached an area that was on the map that I had with me. I was at an intersection. I continued straight for a bit along a dam to take some pictures of the Upper Reservoir. I then retraced my steps back to the intersection and turned right onto a path in a southerly direction. This path led me through some areas of pines before coming out to some power lines. Be very aware of where this path comes out. Fortunately someone had previously put flagging at this point to retrace the way out. At the power lines I turned right and followed them for a short bit until I came to a path on the left. It quickly came to a split. Following the map to the right, I came across a second missing bridge. I was not able to continue on the path that loops the Lower Reservoir (also known as Spring Lake). I then returned to the last intersection and took the path I hadn’t used yet. This took me to the shore of the reservoir where I took some pictures. I could not tell where the path(s) went from there. I then retraced my steps all the way back to the first intersection near the dam of the Upper Reservoir. From there I went straight in a northerly direction. I came across some horseshoe tracks before reaching the edge of the reservoir for yet another photo opportunity. Again I retraced my steps back to the intersection, then turning left and following the path I came in on back to the car. It was well worth looking for another entrance. This was a nice late afternoon walk on state owned property along the Cranston/Scituate line. I ran into only a few kids on dirt-bikes but other than that it was quiet. The late afternoon sun through the trees made for many great shadows and pictures of the reservoirs.
This area is open to hunting. You should check hunting season schedules before hiking here.
I could not find a trail map on-line, however a D.E.M. map does show the property and some features: Curran Reservoir