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Fisherville Brook – Exeter

  • Fisherville Brook Wildlife Preserve
  • Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°35’23.69″N, 71°34’12.92″W
  • First Time Hiked: May 25, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: May 21, 2020
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.8 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

Fisherville Brooks’ parking lot is along Pardon Joslin Road. It is not very accessible from Sunderland Road unless you have a vehicle with some clearance and/or a four by four. There are signs that are posted that read PASS AT OWN RISK. With that said, it is highly recommended getting to Pardon Joslin Road from Widows Sweet Road. For this hike, just under 2 miles, follow the orange blazed trail to the left of the kiosk. The trail immediately climbs uphill, then winds through the wooded southeastern portion of the property passing boulders, stone walls, and streams. The trail then bends to the right offering a view of a large field to the left. Ahead the orange trail meets the blue blazed trail. Turn left here and you soon come to the mill pond and dam with the waterfall. Spend a few moments here, it is a good spot for photos. From here continue ahead making your way through an area of boardwalks in some rather wet areas before the path opened up to a meadow. A short path to the left leads to a historic family cemetery. The grave of John Gardner who had served in the American Revolution is located here. He was born in 1753 and passed in 1837.  After spending some time here make your way back to the blue trail loop. It soon crosses over Fisherville Brook, passes the yellow blazed trail on the left, through a densely wooded area covered with fern, and back to the parking area. If you are looking for up to another mile and half of hiking, pass through the parking area and cross the street. There are two more loop trails there. The red blazed outer loop is 1.4 miles long.

Trail map can be found at: Fisherville Brook (will download PDF)

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The Mill Pond at Fisherville Brook.