- Fisherville Brook Wildlife Preserve
- Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI
- Trailhead: 41°35’23.69″N, 71°34’12.92″W
- Last Time Hiked: May 25, 2013
- Approximate distance hiked: 2.6 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
I woke up this morning on this “first weekend of the summer” to a brisk and rainy day. I decided to hike nonetheless. Just a side note before I describe the hike. Pardon Joslin Road 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. I would highly recommend getting to Pardon Joslin Road from Widows Sweet Road. After arriving I decided to start with the blue loop following it clockwise. The first stretch is a combination of the blue and orange trails. At the next intersection the orange trail goes to the left and the blue to the right. Continuing the blue trail, I made my way to the mill pond and dam with the waterfall. I spent a few moments here taking some photos. I then continued making my 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 (after some research found) had served in the American Revolution is located here and has been decorated with a flag for Memorial Day. He was born in 1753 and passed in 1837. It was nice to see that people still come out to these obscure and out of the way gravesites of veterans to pay respect. After spending some time here I then continued on the blue trail loop over the Fisherville Brook, through a densely wooded area covered with fern, and back to the parking area. At this point I had hiked just over a mile and a half. Not being too wet, mostly due to the canopy of trees, I decided to cross the street and hike the white trail to add a little more distance to the days hike. Again I followed the trail clockwise as it wound through some more densely wooded areas that were very active with birds. After completing the white trail I headed back to the car.
More info & trail map can be found at: Fisherville Brook