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Shad Factory Pond – Rehoboth

  • Shad Factory Pond/Daniel L. Savoie Conservation Area
  • Water Street, Rehoboth, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°48’31.54″N, 71°16’29.51″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 5, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Easy.

 

This walk, just about three quarters of a mile, features a trail that follows the Palmer River and a short stroll to the Shad Factory Pond and its dam. Starting from the parking area along Water street, follow the narrow unmarked trail easterly along the river. The river here is covered in a canopy of trees that birds were flying through. Cardinals, blue jays, robins, woodpeckers, and ducks were all seen along the trail here. Along the way there is an old wooden structure that looks as if it might have been a dock or bridge. The trail ends at Reed Street opposite the entrance to a service road. This road is closed to the public as it is property of the Bristol County Water Authority. From here follow Reed Street south a few hundred feet crossing the Palmer River. To the right you will catch glimpses of some ruins that were once part of the Orleans Mill. You will see a couple of the remaining walls and a double archway over the river. This mill produce cotton cloth but met its untimely fate twice by fire. Some people have claimed that the old mill site is haunted and have seen unexplained figures in the woods. Just over the bridge and on the right as well is Shad Factory Pond with its 1911 dam and newly constructed fish ladder. There are a handful of benches here to sit and relax. From here retrace your steps along Reed Street and along the trail back to the parking area. If you are into bird photography, bring your camera.

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Palmer River just downstream from Shad Factory Pond

Mason Street – Rehoboth

 

A short grass cut farm road leads you down to the shores of the Palmer River from Mason Street. This property owned by the Rehoboth Land Trust features a large corn field. The road is flanked by tall grasses, shrubs, and sporadic trees. This creates a haven for small critters and birds. At the end of the farm road the Palmer River winds through the grasslands.

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Palmer River at the Mason Street Conservation Area

Rehoboth Town Forest – Rehoboth

  • Rehoboth Town Forest
  • Fairview Avenue, Rehoboth, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°53’0.81″N, 71°15’3.06″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 3, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Fairly easy.

 

This short mile and a half hike actually crosses two properties. This first property is privately owned by the Oak Hill Beagle Club and through a conservation easement the public is allowed to use the trail that crosses their land to get to the Rehoboth Town Forest. There are two marked trails in the forest that were blazed as an Eagle Scout project by Rehoboth’s Troop 13 Jeff Muri. The main trail is blazed red and continues to (and beyond) the back property line. After passing a sitting bench the red trail comes to another intersection. Here you will see a trail ahead that is much more overgrown. There is a sign on a tree to the right reading “End of Public Property”. To your left you will see a trail that is blazed blue. This trail, very rocky in areas, loops back around, up a hill, and along the edge of a field before coming back out to the sitting bench. Turn right here and retrace your steps back to the parking area.

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Along The Red Trail

Ephraim Hunt – Rehoboth

  • Ephraim Hunt Ministerial Land
  • Pond Street, Rehoboth, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°50’8.75″N, 71°16’10.04″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 17, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

 

Today I was joined by a co-worker for a short after work hike. We first decided to hike the shorter red trail which is a loop. It is a rather short loop. We also came across an area that appears to be used for religious ceremonies in an area of tall pines. After we looked around a bit we then decided to hike the blue trail. Some of the new boardwalks are finished but some are still under construction at this time. Use caution here as some of them haven’t been nailed or bolted. There is an intersection where a narrower blue trail shoots off to the right. We continued going straight and to the left following the wider blue blazed trail up Ridge Hill and around a loop. There is also a trail that shoots off to the left at the loop but it leads to private property. After doing the loop we retraced our steps back to the car.

 

Trail map can be found at: Ephraim Hunt.

Along The Blue Trail

Along The Blue Trail

Rehoboth State Forest – Rehoboth

  • Rehoboth State Forest
  • Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°53’18.97″N, 71°12’32.78″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 19, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Easy with slight elevation.

 

This hike made for a few milestones. Firstly, without realizing it I hiked in four states in three days. On Saturday I drove to Franconia Notch in New Hampshire, on Sunday I did a series of hikes in Rhode Island and Connecticut, and this evening I hiked here in Massachusetts. Secondarily, this hike put me over the 300 mile mark since I started this blog. I was joined by a co-worker (who is one of the organizers of The Rhode Island Hiking Club). We started this hike following the main path pass the gate into the forest. We passed several narrow paths to the left and one trail to the right (we would return from that trail) following the main trail to its end. There we saw the first of the blue blazes to the right. The trail to the left ended abruptly at a “No Trespassing” sign. We went right following the blue blazes through the woods and some areas of mud. The trail eventually looped back to the main trail. We then did some exploring of the side trails we saw on the way in. There was evidence of a “Tough Mudder” event here. We also came across some lady slippers that were in bloom. It is illegal to remove these flowers. After we explored just about all of the trails we concluded the hike.

 

Trail map can be found at: Rehoboth State Forest.

Stone Wall At Rehoboth State Forest

Stone Wall At Rehoboth State Forest

 

Anawan Rock – Rehoboth

 

Anawan Rock is more of a historic site than a hike. There is a trail here nonetheless. Without any doubt, this is the shortest hike on my list of both completed and planned hikes. The trail runs from the parking area a couple hundred feet then lollipops around the rock itself. The rest of the property is wooded. The historical significance of the site is the role it served during King Phillips War. In August 1676, the Wampanoag chief was captured at this site by the colonists effectively ending the bloody war between the two. The rock itself, a puddingstone, is quite large. Out of curiosity I did climb it. Unfortunately, the trees are taller than the rock so there is not much of a scenic view other than the immediate property.

 

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Anawan Rock

Anawan Rock

Miller Bird Sanctuary – Rehoboth

 

A short and easy walk in a quiet neighborhood in Rehoboth. There is a small pull off on Lake Street just north of Winter Street where the trailhead is to park. I entered the sanctuary and immediately was greeted by a sign with a trail map. I opted to follow the red loop first which has a wooden bridge crossing a stream and wound through some heavily wooded areas. I came across another sign along this path that is quite interesting. It describes the type of footprints of various native animals. I then turned right onto the short white trail which looped back to the red trail where I turned right to finish the loop. After coming back and crossing the wooden bridge. I turned left and followed the blue trail to its end, turned around and came back. I then finished the hike making my way back to the car. I only saw a few ducks and chipmunks on this hike.

Wooden Bridge

Wooden Bridge