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Meadowbrook Trail – Richmond

The Meadowbrook Trail runs just to the west of Meadow Brook in Richmond. It starts at the end of Meadowbrook Road and continues into the Carolina Management Area. For this hike I decided to follow about two thirds of the trail and add a short loop at the southern end of the hike. Most of this hike follows the blue blazes of the North South Trail as well. Starting at the cul-de-sac at Meadowbrook Road I started following the blue blazed trail as it first followed a driveway. To the left are stables with a few horses and to the right is hole 5 of a golf course. Both are private property. The blazes soon lead to a trail ahead. The trail is about a half mile long, meanders through tall trees, and heads southerly towards Kenyon Hill Trail. Next I crossed the paved road and continued straight along a dirt road. Along this stretch are some open fields and a few homes. Here I met one of the residents of the stable I passed earlier, a beautiful 13 year old horse out for a summer stroll. Continuing to follow the blue blazes I soon passed an old grader and then was into the northern section of the Carolina Management Area. At the next intersection I turned right onto the unblazed Gardner Trail. This area offer some glimpses of ledges and stone walls. At the next intersection I turned left onto the Jerue Trail, also unblazed. The trail slowly winds downhill and ends at the blue blazed Meadowbrook Trail. Here I would turn left and follow the blue blazes of the North South back to the cul-de-sac. (If you want to take a peek at Meadow Brook, turn right here, then left a few feet ahead. Follow that short trail to the brook). You could easily add more distance to this hike by exploring the trails of Carolina both north and south of Pine Hill Road. Along this hike I came across, frogs, toads, and several birds including hawks. Keep in mind that the management area is open to hunting.

Trail map can be found at: Meadowbrook Trail.

Horseback Riding On A Summer Day.

Horseback Riding On A Summer Day.

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Meadow Brook Pond – Richmond

  • Meadow Brook Pond – Carolina State Management Area
  • Carolina Alton Road, Richmond, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°26’17.24″N, 71°41’24.30″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 30, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.3 miles
  • Easy.

Meadow Brook Pond is a small fishing pond at the extreme south end of the Carolina Management Area. I’ve spent some time exploring Carolina and this would be my third venture into the management area this month. I was also joined on this hike (the first of two) by a recent college grad/family friend who is in town visiting her grandparents. We started the hike from a parking area by the pond. This parking area is used quite often by hikers as a break point along the North/South Trail. We made our way into a short section of wooded area following the blue blazed North/South trail for a bit. This trail came out to a road where we turned left. At the next split we went left. The road to the right we would return on. We then followed a road that was gravel at times and grass at others mostly along the tree line surrounding a very large open field. The road for the most part follows the perimeter of the field before joining back with the North/South Trail. At time the road becomes just faint tire tracks over grass. One of the fields here is used to grow sod. When we reached the North/South Trail we turned right following the blue blazes along the roads and trails back to the parking area. We then spent a moment at the pond watching a dog play in the water.

Trail map can be found at: Meadow Brook Pond.

Following The Road

Following The Road

Carolina North – Richmond

  • Carolina North – Carolina State Management Area
  • Pine Hill Road, Richmond, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°27’58.82″N,  71°41’20.07″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 10, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 4.7 miles
  • Easy with some elevation.

If you are looking for a walk in the woods then the northern part of the Carolina State Management Area is where to go. With the exception of a quick view of a brook this hike was all woods with just a few stone walls and boulders. I started this hike from the parking area where the hunters check station is on Pine Hill Road and then followed the road westerly a few hundred feet. Opposite utility pole 68 a dirt road appears. This road is a section of the North-South Trail. I followed this road to its end passing a gated trail to the left. At the end of the road it turns sharply right. But straight ahead, blazed in blue, is the Meadowbrook Trail. After exploring the brook at the end of the road for a bit, I took the Meadowbrook Trail. Almost immediately after the rocks a trail goes to the left. I went straight to the next intersection passing some outcrops in the woods. This section is still part of the North-South Trail. At the next intersection I turned left onto the Gardner Trail. This would begin the slow ascent up the south side of Kenyon Hill. At the of the Gardner Trail I turned right onto the Jerue Trail to the next intersection completing my climb up the hill. Here I turned left, now going downhill, I followed the Habrek Trail to its end. I then turned left onto the Shippee Trail again climbing up another hill until I reached the Essex Trail at the next intersection. Here I turned right and followed it for a short distance to a Y intersection. I turned left here onto the Laurel Trail. The trail continues back to Pine Hill Road and gets narrower and traverses through denser woods as approaches the road. At the road I turned left and followed it back to the parking area. I used the Great Swamp Press map of the management area for this hike. The trails are not marked or blazed except for the section of the North-South Trail.

Trail map can be found at: Carolina North.

A Boulder By The Trail

A Boulder By The Trail

Carolina South – Richmond

  • Carolina South – Carolina State Management Area
  • Pine Hill Road, Richmond, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°27’58.82″N,  71°41’20.07″W
  • Last Time Hiked: May 4, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 4.1 miles
  • Easy.

This was my first venture of at least three planned hikes into the Carolina Management Area. I opted to call this hike Carolina South based on the fact that I partially used the Ken Weber route of that name, although I relied more so on the Great Swamp Press map of the area. I actually plan on doing a hike in the future that will be further south in this management area by Meadow Brook Pond. I was also joined by some friends for this Sunday morning stroll. We started from the parking area by the hunter check station on Pine Hill Road following the wide and flat lane named Andrews Trail. It meanders mostly straight through areas of tall pines and open fields. At the end of this trail we came to a T intersection and turned left. We followed this open lane until it started to turn right then took a narrower path to the left. We followed this narrow path as it followed the edge of large, sweeping, open field. This path eventually came to a section of the North-South Trail (a good description for now, but nature will have its way… starting looking for the blue blazes of the North-South Trail at the large dead tree at the edge of the field). At the North-South Trail we turned left and followed it back into the woods. We did some exploring on a short trail to the right for a moment to take a look at the Pawcatuck River. Continuing on the North-South Trail for a bit we came to an intersection. The blue blazed North-South Trail veered to the left. We followed the trail to the right. We soon passed a trail to the left (we would use this in our return) and continued to a stone bridge. Here the sounds of frogs were very loud. We lingered for a bit before pushing further down the unmarked trail. After a little bit we decided to retrace our steps to the last intersection as the trail we were on was not on the map and out of the management area property. At the intersection we turned right following a trail that eventually rejoined the North-South Trail. We then continued straight onto the North-South Trail passing a cemetery will graves from the mid 1800’s. At the next intersection we turned left onto the Nicoll Trail. (Ken Weber’s route has you continuing straight on the North-South Trail). At the end of the Nicoll Trail we turned right onto the Andrews Trail and retraced our steps back to the car. This area is open to hunting. Be sure to wear orange during hunting season.

Trail Map could be found at: Carolina South.

Open Fields

Open Fields