- Simmons Mill Pond Management Area
- Coldbrook Road, Little Compton, RI
- Trailhead: 41°32’23.09″N, 71° 9’15.97″W
- Last Time Hiked: June 19, 2013
- Approximate distance hiked: 2.7 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
If you like ponds and grass covered cart paths, then this is the place to go. My guests seemed to enjoy it as well, so it is safe to say that this hike is “kid friendly”. Starting from the parking area we followed the cart path into the management area. Shortly into the walk there was a sign on a tree explaining that there were hollow wood bird shelters along this path. This made for a good game to pass the time until we got to the ponds as the kids were looking for and counting them. I lost count. At the end of the this path it opens up to a grass area with Simmons Pond on the left and Cold Brook on the right. From here we followed the Farmsite Loop Road, straight ahead, back into the woods. Ahead there is a split with a path to the right. We followed that to the end where there is another small pond. A path off to the left was visible but a warning sign was there about it being overgrown and the presence of deer tick. We avoided that path and made our way back to the Farmsite Loop. Turning right back onto the loop we then came across two more ponds. Chace Pond to the left and Horseshoe Pond to the right. The path continued, coming to yet another pond before the next intersection. At this intersection we turned left following the signs for the Farmsite Loop. Along this path to the left there were the remains of old farm building and an old well (that has been covered). There is plenty of interesting signage here that explains the site history. The next intersection there is signage that shows a loop trail that begins by going straight and ends coming from the right (or vice versa). The sign says it adds approximately another half hour to the walk. We decided to continue the Farmsite Loop which goes to the left. We came across frogs here and the mountain laurel was still in bloom along this stretch as well. The last week and a half the area has had its fair share of precipitation. There were makeshift warning signs about the path being flooded (also a co-worker hiked here a few days before and said that it was rather flooded then). Indeed, there were some rather, but passable, muddy areas and deep puddles. At the next stream crossing the water was rushing over the path. It was not very deep and would not be a problem with the proper footwear. The kids seemed a little unsure of crossing here so we carried them over it. This path then continued back to Simmons Pond and to the access path to the parking area. Again, counting the bird shelters on the way out, I lost count.
Trail map can be found at: Simmons Mill Pond
Cart Path At Simmons Mill Pond