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Sapowet Marsh – Tiverton

  • Sapowet Marsh Managment Area
  • Sapowet Avenue, Tiverton, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°34’56.51″N, 71°12’33.63″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 4, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.8 miles
  • Fairly easy, rocky beach walk.

 

Just by the bridge on the west side of Sapowet Avenue is a parking area for the small beach of the Sapowet Marsh Management Area. This small and rocky beach leads to Sapowet Point that overlooks the Sakonnet River. On the interior of the point are small pools of water and the marsh. At low tide there is more land to explore. Locals and fisherman frequent the area often and the scenery is perfect for a photographer. You will also find a very high concentration of fiddler crabs scurrying along the shore out by the point. Being a management area, hunting is allowed. Be sure to wear orange blaze during hunting season.

 

Map of the management area can be found at: Sapowet Marsh.

TWRI-Sapowet

Sapowet Marsh

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Fogland Beach – Tiverton

I was in the area just around sundown and thought I would take a stroll along the beach here at Fogland. The crescent shaped beach, overlooking the Sakonnet River, is short, less than a half mile in length from one end to the other. Looking to the south you will see a house that looks like a lighthouse up on a hill. To the west is the shore of Portsmouth. There is also a cove across the street with another small beach. There are no actual trails here, but there are several access points to the cove.

Sunset At Fogland Beach

Sunset At Fogland Beach

Basket Swamp – Tiverton

Just east of Weetamoo Woods is a property owned by the Tiverton Land Trust. Here at Basket Swamp the trails have recently been blazed and the RI Land Trust Council has created a trail map (see below). The trails here are very easy to follow, but be sure to follow the blazes as there are sharp turns and several other trails lead off of the property onto privately owned land. The trail starts at an asphalt parking area opposite the wind turbine in the open field. The trail, blazed white, first passes a large boulder before winding downhill into a fern covered forest. The trails here are soft and can be a little root bound, so watch your step. Soon I came to the first of several stone walls. Here the yellow blazed trail is to the left. I would return on that trail. For now I stayed to the right and continued to follow the white blazed trail to its end at a cleared swath of land. This cleared area is part of a gas utility easement. If you look to the right, in the distance you will see a red sign. Follow the clearing to that sign as it is the trailhead for the red trail. This trail follows the back edge of the property passing several more stone walls before coming to its end. I then turned left, followed the trail a short distance back to the cleared swath of land and saw the trail head for the yellow trail ahead. This trail follows the southern edge of the property briefly before turning north and heading back to the white blazed trail. Along this stretch is a small grove of holly and I came across some turkey. After reaching the white trail, I turned right and retraced my steps back to the car. I came across a couple of deer stands along this hike and there is signage requiring you to wear orange during hunting season.

Trail map can be found at: Basket Swamp.

Stone Wall Along The Red Trail.

Stone Wall Along The Red Trail.

Weetamoo Woods/Pardon Gray Preserve – Tiverton

  • Weetamoo Woods/Pardon Gray Preserve
  • East Road, Tiverton, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°34’19.94″N,  71°10’37.90″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 28, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 5.6 miles
  • Moderate with optional areas of climbing that can be difficult.

  

The first true signs of winter made for a very cold but picturesque hike at Weetamoo Woods. The woods are named for the sachem of the Pocasset Wampanoags. I was joined by a group for this hike, some being locals, who knew the property fairly well. We started from the parking area at the southern end of the property along East Road. We headed north into the property on an old section of Eight Rod Road. Soon we came to an informational board where trail maps can be found. From this point we continued straight following the yellow trail. The old road passed open fields to the right and an old stone wall (the first of several on the property) on the left before crossing Borden Brook. The brook at the time of this hike was fast flowing as it fell over a small waterfall by the slab bridge. We followed the yellow trail, passing a cellar hole on the left, until we came upon the red trail. Take your time looking for some of the blazes. Although most of the property is well marked we did have some difficulty at some of the intersections location the markers. We then followed the red blazed trail until we came to an old sawmill site. The stream here runs through an old channel and then under a beautifully constructed stone arch bridge. To appreciate the craftsmanship of the structure take a quick detour off the trail to the shore of the stream. After looking around at the mill remains we then followed the blue blazed trail (just before the mill on the left) uphill. The trail meanders up the hill a bit before coming to an area on the right that has been clearly traversed by many. This area is the foothill of High Rock. We followed the un-blazed trail, led by our locals, up to the peak of High Rock. Some of the trail requires some climbing and can be difficult. We had a light snowfall in the morning and the leaves were quite wet adding to the difficulty. We took our time and the climb was well worth it. The view from above overlooks the property well above the tree line. After enjoying the view for a little while we retraced our steps back to the mill site. From there we continued along the red trail (to the left) before turning left onto the green trail. This trail meanders through the heart of the woods passing through an area of mountain laurel. The light dusting of snow contrasted quite nicely with the crisp green leaves. The trail soon crossed the brook once again via a boardwalk. We then reached the intersection of the yellow trail. We went straight onto the yellow trail (left we be our exit) until we reached the second white blazed trail. Both of the white blazed trails are marked with signage. The first, being the South Trail, would lead you to the town farm. We opted to continue to the Cemetery Trail. After turning left onto the Cemetery Trail the trail split again. The Cemetery Trail continues to the left and is blazed white with a red square. The Ridge Trail on the right would be our return route. Following the Cemetery Trail we came across some boulders in the woods, more stone walls, and a vernal pool before coming to an open field. The field is part of the Pardon Gray Preserve and is actively farmed. The preserve is named after a Revolutionary War Colonel. The Cemetery Trail continues straight uphill towards a cluster of tall trees. On each side of the trail is areas of grass being grazed by cows. The areas are fenced off with electric fences. Needless to say, it is advisable not to come in contact with the fences. At the top of the hill under the cluster of trees is the Gray family cemetery bordered by a stone wall. Most of the graves here are from the early 1800’s including Pardon Gray himself. We then retraced our steps through the field back to the tree line. Here we turned left and followed the tree line. The cows in the field on the left seemed very interested in our presence even offering some photo opportunities. The trail soon turned left and we then turned right onto a narrow trail that led us through the woods to Lafayette Road. We turned right onto the paved road and followed uphill to the gate. Here we turned right, through a small parking area, and onto the Ridge Trail. The trail, also blazed white with a red square, passes through areas of holly trees and shrubs before intersecting with the Cemetery Trail once again. Here we turned left and then right onto the yellow trail once again. We then followed the yellow trail to its end back at the parking area. On the way out at the end of the hike we were greeted by a very friendly pony on the farm property on the right.

 

Trail map can be found at: Weetamoo Woods/Pardon Gray.

The Trail To High Rock

The Trail To High Rock

Boardwalk On The Green Trail

Boardwalk On The Green Trail

Cow At Pardon Gray Preserve

Cow At Pardon Gray Preserve

Eight Rod Farm – Tiverton/Little Compton

  • Eight Rod Farm Management Area
  • Eight Rod Way, Tiverton, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°33’12.29″N, 71°10’28.39″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 19, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.7 miles
  • Easy, mostly dirt roads.

 

Eight Rod Farm is a state management area that is still used for farming in the summer months and also used for hunting in the fall and winter. The section of the property that we explored today is on the west side of Eight Rod Way. We parked the car at the dead end and then started following the dirt road into the management area. The road hugs the Tiverton/Little Compton border. We walked briefly through an area of woods before we came across the fields. The fields are currently growing crops such as corn and such. We also came across a small pond with several frogs. We encountered a gentleman who was walking his dogs. He seemed very knowledgeable of the property and suggested to check out some of the side “roads”. He also stated that the State usually clears some of the trails here. After following the dirt road for about three quarters of a mile we retraced our steps back to the car occasionally checking out the side “roads” that led us to large fields overgrown with wildflowers. I saw several birds here including a hawk.

Trail map can be found at: Eight Rod Farm.

A Field Of Wildflowers

A Field Of Wildflowers

Fogland Marsh – Tiverton/Little Compton

When I left Providence it was hot, humid and the temperature was about 85 degrees. There were thunderstorms forming to the north heading south. I made my way to Ruecker Wildlife Refuge along the shores of the Sakonnet. When I got there it was still quite sunny, so I decided hiking was “a go”.  When I finished that short hike I decided to head to Fogland Marsh for some additional walking. When I arrived it was 67 degrees, partly sunny, and there was a strong breeze coming ashore. One of the things I love about living in the Ocean State, 30 miles south of the city its 20 degrees cooler on any given summer like day. To get to the preserve you must come in from Tiverton. Most of the walk however is in Little Compton. The entrance to the preserve is rather tricky. Shore Road ends and becomes a rather treacherous rock road. In the distance there is a sign for the preserve. From the car it is a short beach walk to the estuary. Along the beach there are thousands of shells. There is also fenced off areas where piping plovers are nesting. At the estuary I took a couple of pictures of the marsh and of the dunes with flowers that were in bloom. I then made my way back to the car. As I was leaving, typical New England weather was in the making. To the north, I could see the beginnings of thunderheads growing and to the south was a dense and ominous fog moving up the Sakonnet River, but it was still sunny above.

Fogland Marsh

Fogland Marsh

Ruecker – Tiverton

Along the shore of the Sakonnet River is where this Audubon property is. It is a short hike with well marked and well maintained paths. There is also an abundance of birds here. Starting from the parking area I followed the yellow trail into the property. I then turned left and followed the blue trail and its loop. There is a bridge crossing here where I snapped a photo of the salt marsh. After completing the blue loop I made my way back to the yellow trail and headed for the yellow loop. I took a quick peek at the field before making my way to the shore near the northern end of the property where I came across several fiddler crabs. In the distance there was an egret. Following the red trail back to the parking area I came across an area of ledge. This is where most of the birds were. The red trail ended at the parking area.  After this hike I decided to head to Fogland Marsh (which is relatively close) to do some additional walking.

More info can be found at: Ruecker

Salt Marsh

Salt Marsh