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East Bay Bike Path South – Barrington/Warren/Bristol

  • East Bay Bike Path South
  • Metropolitan Park Drive, Barrington, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°45’12.02″N, 71°20’54.74″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 23, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 8.4 miles
  • Easy to moderate due to distance.

After walking the northern end of the East Bay Bike Path, I decided to finish what I started. The southern end of the oldest bike path in the state winds along the former Providence, Warren, and Bristol Railroad through Barrington, Warren, and Bristol. Along the way there are several points of interest as the paved path passes through the East Bay neighborhoods. Starting at Haines Park, one of the oldest State Parks, I started making my way south. Almost immediately I could hear the sounds of the dog park just beyond the trails and woods to the left. Soon the bike path crosses the lower end of the Annawomscutt Brook just before it dumps into Allins Cove. Immediately after that the bike path makes its first of several road crossings in Barrington at Bay Spring Avenue. To the right is a large brick building that was once a mill. It is now a condominium building. This section of Barrington was its industrial center will mills producing leather and lace products. This building is the only surviving building of that era. Also at this road crossing is a memorial to residents of West Barrington that have lost their lives in wars. Next the bike path crosses Alfred Drowne Road in the neighborhood that was once known as Drownville where one of several railroad depots were located in Barrington. The neighborhood was known for its oyster operations and the land was mostly owned by the Drowne family and later the Blount family known locally for their current clam shacks and seafood products. After crossing Washington Road the bike path enters a half mile stretch of trees and residential neighborhoods before coming to Little Echo Pond. Here, and the surrounding ponds, there was once an icing operation, but the icehouse that sat on the opposite side of the pond is long gone. On each side of the bike path there are small Barrington Land Conservation Trust properties with short trail systems. Both Lombardi Park and Andreozzi Nature Preserve are marked with signs at their trailheads. Just before South Lake Drive on the right was the location of the Nayatt Depot, the next railroad stop in Barrington. After crossing South Lake Drive you will notice the greens of the Rhode Island Country Club to the right. This golf course is one of the most prominent ones in the state hosting the CVS Charity Classic each year. The next road crossing is Middle Highway, after crossing it the bike path passes several trails on the right. These trails are part of Veterans Park which surrounds Brickyard Pond. Today the pond is used for mostly fishing. In years past, there were mills in the area that made bricks. Clay pits in the area supplied the material to make the bricks. Workers would dig these massive pits and in time the pits would fill with water. After the operations ceased in the area and the pumps shut down, the pits filled with water. Hence, the creation of Brickyard Pond. Many buildings on the East Side of Providence were built with the bricks made in Barrington. The bike path also passes the Bayside YMCA before approaching County Road. Just before the main road there is a plaza on the right that offers several shops for a break. There was also a train depot here. On the left is the Daily Scoop, a local ice cream shop. After crossing Route 114, the bike path then passes through a tunnel of trees, then passes Police Cove Park, before emerging out to the Barrington River. Here is the first of two bridges in Eastern Barrington that connect the southern end of New Meadow Neck to Barrington and Warren respectively. The first bridge, crossing the Barrington River offers view of the river northerly toward Hundred Acre Cove. The view to the south is that of is similar of that of the second bridge that crosses the Palmer River. They both look toward the bridges that carry Route 114 over the water crossings and the marinas beyond them. The two rivers come together just about a half mile south to form the Warren River. After crossing the second bridge you are in Warren. You will notice the large brick building to the south that once was the home to American Tourister, a maker of travel luggage. To the north is Grinnel Point with its windswept grass. The bike path then starts to turn to the south and into the heart of Warren. Houses and side streets become very frequent in this stretch. To the left you first pass Belcher Cove and its wooded shoreline. At the Brown Street crossing and to the left you will notice the remains of an old brick wall by the fenced in area owned by National Grid. This wall was once part of the old power station that was used by the railroad. Soon you will start to see the steeples of the nearby churches through the cluster of homes. The bike path then crosses Market Street and Child Street, passing a Dels Lemonade, before coming to a large parking area behind Town Hall, Fire Station, and Police Station. It is in this area that a spur line to Fall River split from the main track and headed east. The East Bay Bike Path follows the former line to Bristol from here. (The Warren Bike Path to the east follows a section of the spur trail). After passing a well-placed bicycle shop and Franklin Street the bike path comes out to Main Street. There is a traffic light with a crosswalk here. It is a very busy intersection, do not attempt to cross without using the crosswalk and light. After crossing the street the bike path continues south and soon passes Burrs Hill Park. The park offers basketball courts, tennis courts, and a ball field. There are also free concerts here. Through the park you can see the water and Warren Town Beach. The bike path continues through residential neighborhoods after passing under Bridge Street through a tunnel that replaced a former railroad bridge. The bike path is also flanked by post and rail fence for quite a while. Soon the bike path passes an area known as Jacobs Point to the right. The large salt marsh, abundant with cattails and wildflowers, offers a single trail to the beach. Just after Jacob’s Point the bike path enters Bristol and soon comes to the McIntosh Wildlife Refuge. This Audubon property spans from Route 114 to the Warren River on both sides of the bike path. To the left is access to the trails through the fields by the Educational Center. To the right is the long boardwalk that reaches out to the river. The bike path then continues through more residential areas with several road crossings before coming to Colt State Park. Along this stretch you can catch glimpses of Narragansett Bay including the Conimicut Lighthouse. After crossing the entrance road to Colt State Park the bike path passes Mill Pond to the right where you are likely to catch glimpses of cormorants and egrets. After passing Poppasquash Road the bike path follows the upper reaches of Bristol Harbor before ending at Independence Park and the edge of Downtown Bristol. Here along the Bristol waterfront you will see several boats docked and the old brick buildings in the distance. If you still have a little walk left in you, the waterfront and downtown offers a great walk on its own

Trail maps can be found at: East Bay Bike Path South

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The Bike Path By Bristol Harbor

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Nunes Farm – Warren

  • Nunes Farm Conservation Area
  • New Industrial Way, Warren, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°45’3.16″N, 71°16’28.56″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 26, 2015
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Fairly easy, very muddy in areas.

 

This property owned by the Town of Warren is well hidden to say the least. I stumbled across it a while back while researching another property in Warren. I referred to the towns website to locate the trailhead and headed out this morning to explore the property and an exploratory hike it was. I parked at a small paved parking lot on the left just before the Fedex facility. There is no signage indicating that this is a conservation area. I then followed the paved road toward the gated facility, stayed to the left and followed the dirt access road to the cell phone tower. Here I had two options and opted to explore both. First I went to the left and followed the road as it narrowed to a trail. It soon crossed a narrow brook and then turns to the right. I then passed a small pond on the right before coming to a set of steps that leads downhill into the muddy terrain. The trail soon leads to an area of tall grass and short shrubs under a set of power lines. I found this area to be abundant with birds. Here I saw cardinals, finches, woodpeckers, geese, and a red tailed hawk. The trail ahead leads to a maze of muddy and rutted trails and cart paths toward the Palmer River. After some brief exploring I retraced my steps back to the cell phone tower and then followed the right access road that wraps around the back of the Fedex facility. The cart path soon enters the woods, again along some very muddy trails. The trail follows and then crosses a magnificent old stone wall. After some exploring of the trail(s) I retraced my steps back to the parking area. A GPS device helps on this property as there are no marked trails and several spurs.

 

I did not find a trail map for this property.

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Stone Wall At Nunes Farm

Jacobs Point – Warren

Jacobs Point is in the extreme southwestern corner of Warren and is only accessible via the East Bay Bike Path. The property abuts the Rhode Island Audubon’s McIntosh Wildlife Refuge. There is a single out and back trail that runs from the bike path to the Warren River through a salt marsh and to the beach and point. There is an abundance of bird activity here as well as plenty of wildflowers. Though short in distance, the trail offers plenty of picture opportunities whether it be of wildlife or an open marsh with sailboats in the distance.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

A Stone Wall And Wild Flowers At Jacobs Point.

A Stone Wall At Jacobs Point.

Heritage Park – Warren

 

Heritage Park, a town owned property in Warren, is a haven for birds. In fact if you are a bird photographer I would highly suggest this location. There is a small pull off along the side of the road by utility pole 25 on Schoolhouse Road. The entrance is small with a wire gate and the path immediately turns right. This grass path follows what seems to be an old railroad bed. It first crosses a reservoir before coming to an open field. The field itself has no paths or trails but it has been recently mowed. I followed the outer perimeter of the field. The shrubs along the field are filled with birds and there is an osprey nest high above the field on a pole. At the time of this walk there was a family of osprey in the nest and the adult osprey made sure I knew of its presence as it circled above me while I was walking through the field. Besides the ospreys, of the several birds I saw here, some were a red tailed hawk, catbirds, robins, cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, and chickadees to name just a few. I also could here frogs in the distant wetlands.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Field At Heritage Park

Field At Heritage Park

Warren Bike Path – Warren

 
 

The Warren Bike Path is a little over a mile long stretch of paved path from Long Road to the Kickemuit River. It follows an old railroad bed that abuts small streams and ponds as well as athletic fields. On a personal note, this was the first walk since my injury that I experienced no significant pain. I am tempted to try a real hike soon. I was also joined by some eager geocachers for this walk. They did well finding them. We started the walk from a parking area on Asylum Road first heading east toward Long Road end of the bike path. We then retraced our steps back to and across Asylum Road before heading west to the end of the bike path that has an overlook of the Kickemuit River. Near this point is the Hugh Cole Well. Hugh Coles family was a long time land owner in the area. There is a monument noting this. We then retraced our steps back to the car stopping along the way to look for more geocaches.

More information can be found at: Warren Bike Path

An Icy Kickemuit River

An Icy Kickemuit River

Touisset Marsh – Warren

 

Birds, thickets, marsh, and the sun setting over the Kickamuit River made for a nice and short 1 mile stroll. I had started from the trail behind the fire station and proceeded to hike the outer most trail clockwise.  The trail first followed the edges of a couple fields before entering the marsh area. A small bridge crossed over a stream then the path followed the shoreline through an area of thickets and more fields. The path then turned inland and headed back toward the fire station.

More info & trail map can be found at: Touisset Marsh

Kickamuit River at Sunset

Kickamuit River at Sunset