Posts Tagged ‘ Boardwalks ’

Poquonnock River – Groton


Just north of Bluff Point along Depot Road is a half mile boardwalk (one mile out and back) that runs along the Poquonnock River to Poquonnock Road. The boardwalk offers some views of the river itself as it winds behind a residential neighborhood. The boardwalk is a good location for spotting birds as there is quite a bit of brush for them.


Map can be found at: Poquonnock River


Along the Boardwalk


Richmond Heritage Trail – Richmond

  • Richmond Heritage Trail
  • Country Acres Road, Richmond, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°30’10.50″N, 71°39’56.31″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 22, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.9 miles
  • Fairly easy.


The Richmond Heritage Trail is one of the newest trail systems in the State opening in September of 2017. It comprises of three very distinctive types of walks. The first part is an ADA accessible stone dust path with a beautiful boardwalk. This section is about a half mile long and offers six informational boards about the history and heritage of Richmond. There is a blue blazed trail that meanders to the far reaches of the property. This trail was developed largely in part by Richmond Boy Scout Troop 1. The trail weaves through a forest of pines, beech, and maple trees. A gravel road is also on the property, that for the most part, parallels the blue trail. The back reaches of the gravel road passes fields of tall grasses and wildflowers that is a haven for butterflies and dragonflies. Adding a little of each of these three different walks, one can hike up to 2 miles. The trail-head is at the base of the towns bright blue water tower at the end of Country Acres Road.


A Stretch of the Boardwalk.

Oakland Beach – Warwick


This beach at the tip of a peninsula overlooks Narragansett Bay. From here you see both the Newport Bridge and Jamestown Bridge. Sailboats and cabin cruisers are also a normal sight from here. The beach, and immediate area, is also usually quite busy. There are a few very popular restaurants just by the park and beach as well. One can get just about a mile of walking by following the beach to the extreme eastern edge of the park by the boat ramp, then back following the walking path pass the gazebo through the park, then following the wooden boardwalk and eventually the bike path to its western terminus at Strand Avenue… and then back.


Boardwalk and Beach

Flat Top Park – West Warwick


This small park on the western edge of West Warwick is known mostly for it playground and ball field. There is a small nature trail here as well that is blazed blue. The short quarter mile trail weaves through a thick pine grove and crosses over floodplains via boardwalks. A spur trail takes you to the shores of the Hawkinson Brook, a tributary of the Pawtuxet River.


Boardwalk at Flat Top Park

Turner Reservoir – East Providence/Seekonk

  • Turner Reservoir
  • Pleasant Street, East Providence, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°49’48.68″N, 71°20’39.48″W
  • First Time Hiked: June 2, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: April 18, 2017 
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.7 miles
  • Easy.

The Turner Reservoir was flooded in the 1930’s and supplied drinking water to the residents of East Providence for several years. Today the reservoir is used for passive recreation. There is also a 2.7 mile loop around the reservoir and Ten Mile River that is mostly a wooded trail, but includes boardwalks and some road walking. There is a parking lot along Pleasant Street opposite Hunts Mills that has an informational board about the trail and its surroundings. Following the dirt trail along the west side of the Ten Mile River you will soon come to a grassy area near the Turner Dam. Continue to follow the grassy shore of the reservoir to a trail the leads into the woods. This section of trail is rather narrow as it follows the shore of the reservoir behind a residential neighborhood before coming to Newman Avenue. Here you turn right (being aware of traffic) and cross the causeway between the Turner Reservoir and Central Pond. Here you cross into Seekonk and then right onto Arcade Avenue. Just north of utility pole 1416 a blue blazed trail into the woods appears. This long stretch of trail follows the shores of the reservoir once again passing behind the Seekonk High School. Along the way there is a side trail that dead ends onto a peninsula that has sweeping views of the reservoir. The wooded trail ends back at the earthen dam where there are some more sweeping views of the reservoir. From here, walk down the hill and the loop continues along a series of boardwalks that wind through the wetlands along the river. The trail then ends at another parking area along Pleasant Street. Turn right and cross the bridge over the Ten Mile River to reach the first parking area.

Trail map can be found at: Turner Reservoir.

Reservoir Panoramic

Reservoir Panoramic


Turner Reservoir/Bridgham Farm Color Map (2017)