- Governor John Notte Memorial Park/Camp Meehan
- Douglas Pike, North Providence, RI
- Trailhead: 41°52’15.85″N, 71°27’37.01″W
- First Time Hiked: March 21, 2015
- Last Time Hiked: November 22, 2015
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
- Fairly easy with some elevation.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 5-North Providence in September of 2015 completed the new trail system here at Governor Notte Park. There are now over two miles of trails on the property that features ball fields and tennis courts. This hike, about a mile and a half, features most of the parks highlights. Starting from the parking area by the Recreation Offices for the Town of North Providence (Building 2), a set of stairs leads away from the parking lot and uphill into the woods. There is almost immediately a trail junction. I continued straight following the blue square blazes of the West River Trail. This trail climbs uphill for a bit passing a narrow trail to the left. Near the top of the hill there is a narrower trail to the right. This is the continuation of the West River Trail. It hugs the North Providence/Lincoln town line. Turn here, passing a trail on the left, and follow the West River Trail as it crests over a hill, passing stone walls, and then descends to a crossing at the river. After crossing the boardwalk bridge the trail does a small loop and returns to the boardwalk bridge. From here retrace your steps back over the hill and turn right at the blue triangle blazed trail with signage to Camp Meehan. Following this trail will lead you downhill to a parking area near the pavilion. There is a paved road to the right that leads to Angell Road. For this hike however, I stayed slightly to the left passing the pavilion and started heading down the path that leads from the pavilion to the beach that overlooks the Wenscott Reservoir. Passing the beach towards the bridge the parks paths split. Stay to the left and follow the path that leads downhill and around the ball field. Stop to take a look at the bridge that crosses a dam and waterfall. Continuing, there are white square blazes along this path that will lead you back to the parking area where the hike began. No dogs are allowed on this property.
I did not find a trail map on-line.