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Mystic Woods – East Greenwich


Mystic Woods is a nice little hidden gem. So hidden in fact, that the only indication that the property is open to the public is a small round East Greenwich Land Trust sign on utility pole # 78 at the bend in the road. The trail, out and back and flanked by stone walls, descends into a small valley. The trail crosses the babbling Scrabbletown Brook before coming to a grassy area. The trail then turns to the left and crosses another small brook. The property ends near here and for this hike you should return and retrace your steps. The trail does continue onto property that is not part of Mystic Woods.


Stone Walls and Tall Trees of Mystic Woods

Bleachery Pond – East Greenwich

  • Bleachery Pond
  • 6th Avenue, East Greenwich, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°39’11.96″N, 71°27’31.28″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 10, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.


This short hike just outside the bustling main strip of East Greenwich makes for a good little get-away. The hardest part of this hike was finding it. The trail-head, marked with a sign, is in a graveyard along 6th Avenue. Following the trail downhill will lead you to trails that follow the shore of the pond and Maskerchugg River. Along the shores of the pond you will find ruins. The highlight of the walk is the large stone dam and waterfall.


The Dam at Bleachery Pond

McHale – East Greenwich

  • McHale Property/East Greenwich Nature Trail
  • Avenger Drive, East Greenwich, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°38’2.41″N, 71°29’6.41″W
  • Last Time Hiked: October 26, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Easy.


Once the land of the McHale Sand And Gravel Company, this property today is home to the cross country course for the high school and is open to the general public. Opening in August of 2016 it has quickly become a favorite walking spot for locals. The path here starts at the cul-de-sac at the end of Avenger Drive just beyond the high school and athletic fields. The stone dust path first winds through a small open area before passing through a wooded area along Fry Brook. The path then comes to the loop. Two times around the loop would give you the distance required for the track team. For this hike I went around the loop once. It weaves through the property slightly up and over small hills as it passes through small fields. The path is lined with trees and small shrubs that serves as a haven for birds.


The Path at McHale

Scalloptown Park – East Greenwich

  • Scalloptown Park
  • Rocky Hollow Road, East Greenwich, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°39’6.07″N, 71°27’11.42″W
  • First Time Hiked: March 11, 2015
  • Last Time Hiked: October 26, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.9 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

This small town park at the end of Rocky Hollow Road overlooks Greenwich Bay. The park, though small, offers a just under a mile of walking trails with plenty of benches to sit and view the bay. The park is also popular with locals to bring their dogs. Greenwich Bay once was one of the best shell fishing locations in Rhode Island. Scallops were the main catch here. Therefore this area became known as Scalloptown. Over the years, the area the park sits on became the town landfill. The landfill eventually was capped and the park was built over it. Today it is a nice little spot, lesser known, hidden along the shore of the bay.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Fall Foliage Along Greenwich Bay.

Fall Foliage Along Greenwich Bay.

Briggs-Boesch Farm – East Greenwich/North Kingstown

  • Briggs-Boesch Farm
  • South Road, East Greenwich, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°36’29.72″N, 71°30’23.38″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 8, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.0 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation.


An active farm that just happens to have hiking trails. This made for a great combination of sights, sounds, and some rather great photography opportunities. The property itself is owned by the East Greenwich Land Trust and the grounds are used by a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. I started this hike from the dirt parking lot just off of South Road. Here there is a large sign with information about the property and a trail map. Just to the left of the sign is a path that leads through an area of tall grass to a stone wall. The sounds of crickets were quite abundant here. After crossing the stone wall I was greeted by several chickens before the path turned right and toward the farm buildings. To the right over a field was the old farmhouse, in the barn on the left is Pat’s Pastured Farm Store. After being greeted (somewhat) by the farm dog I then made my way to the actual trail head just behind the barn. There is a small stone wall enclosed family cemetery here at the trail head. Some of the graves are those of the Briggs family dating back to the mid nineteenth century. Continuing along the trail I then came across some ruins of what might of been some sort of storage facility. I then continued to follow the trail as it came out to a dirt road. I followed the dirt road to the next intersection. Although the trails are not blazed, at each intersection there is signage showing the direction of the trail to follow. On this stretch, called the Woodland Trail, I came across some deer and some several toads crossing the path. At the intersection the sign instructs you to go left, as I did, after first exploring the road ahead to a bridge that crosses the Scrabbletown Brook. I then continued along the trail that was marked with the sign. This trail winds through the woods eventually coming to a field. The field is fenced in and trails follow the edge of the fence. The Woodland Trail continues to the right and this is the one I opted to take, keeping the fence to my left and the woods to my right. The trail turns left following the fence before heading back into the woods. You are actually in North Kingstown at this point. This part of the trail follows the southern border of the property with a stone wall to the right. The trail then turns left and comes to another field. Just after leaving the woods I turned left following the edge of the field, then back onto a dirt road into a wooded area to a four way intersection. Here I turned right and started hearing the sounds of pigs. Along this stretch is a large area where the pigs are feeding and roaming around. They seemed very interested in my presence. After taking a few photos I then continued following the road to the left into another field before turning right onto the next road. This road led me back to the farm buildings. From here I retraced my steps back to the parking area. Aside from the farm animals and wildlife I also saw several types of birds here. This walk is dog-friendly, however, dogs must be leashed as not to disturb the farm animals.

I did not find a trail map on-line, however I took a picture of the one at the entrance (see below).

Old Farm House

Old Farm House

Such A Ham!

Such A Ham!

Trail Map

Trail Map

Hunt River – East Greenwich


This East Greenwich Land Trust property is accessible from the end of a private drive just off of South County Trail. There is a small parking area at the end of the drive on the left. The walk begins at the gated dirt service road. The walk itself is along a service road through an area of woods before turning right, following some power lines to a dead end, and then returning. I did see some birds here including a red tailed hawk.

Trail map can be found at: Hunt River.

Through The Woods

Through The Woods

Frenchtown Park – East Greenwich

  • Frenchtown Park/Laurel Wood/Fry Nature Preserve
  • Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°37’35.85″N, 71°30’23.16″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 24, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 3 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation and rocky footing.


This hike actually covered three separate properties owned by the Town of East Greenwich and the East Greenwich Land Trust. The trail begins behind the East Greenwich Parks Department building at Frenchtown Park and immediately follows a dam along the edge of Mill Pond. Just after the bridge that crosses the spillway of the dam, a small trail heads off to the right. I followed this trail down to the brook. After taking a look at the spillways flowing water I then continued down this path where it came out to the ruins of  an old factory. At this point I wandered around checking out the area of the ruins before heading onto another path that took me back in the general direction toward, but not quite, to Mill Pond. This path was densely covered with vinca. I then made my way to the main yellow blazed trail known as the Cotton Mill Trail which headed into and through the Laurel Wood property. Parts of this trail were very rocky and there are some areas that are wet. The yellow trail ends at a stone wall at the Fry Preserve property and becomes the red trail. After a short distance into the Fry property the red trail splits. The red trail is a loop and it eventually makes its way back to this point. I opted to follow it to the right. A blue trail veered off to the right about halfway through the loop of the red. I did not venture onto this trail as it was not shown on the map at the beginning of the main trail. After completing the loop I followed the yellow trail back to Mill Pond and then back to the car.

I did not find a trail map online for this hike, however, there is a map at the main entrance. The loop trail on the Fry property is shown as blue on the map, however, it is blazed red. The red trails on the map are not blazed but very easy to navigate.

Vinca In Bloom

Vinca In Bloom