Posts Tagged ‘ Hiking ’

Spencer West – Foster

  • Spencer West Property
  • Paine Road, Foster, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°49’5.28″N, 71°45’7.84″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 2, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Fairly easy with some slight elevation.

 

This white blazed loop trail, just under a mile long, starts at a steel gate near pole 36 along Paine Road. Parking is available along the road between poles 38 and 39. Following the dirt access road into the property you will soon come to a trail on the right. Follow this trail, it will you to Deer Pond. The white blazed trail crosses a small stream then will turn to the left back onto the access road. Look for the white blazes on the right. Turning right, follow the trail as it winds up and down small hills first through a grove of mountain laurel, then through an area of small boulders before reaching the back corner of the property. The trail sharply turns to the left traversing through the woods and scattered boulders back to the access road. Turning right you will follow the access road back to the entrance.

 

Map can be found at: Spencer West

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Mountain Laurel and Stone Walls

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Tikkanen-Martin – Foster

 

This white blazed loop trail, just under a mile long, starts at a parking area just in from Kennedy Road at utility pole 49. Following the loop counter clockwise you will first slowly climb uphill along an old cart path flanked by stone walls. Among the pines and various deciduous trees were an abundance of black-capped chickadees. Near the back of the property the trail turns to the north for a bit before turning to the west traversing through a large wooded area before coming to a large grass field. For the remainder of the hike stay to the right following the edge of the field back to the parking area. Walking across the field is frowned upon as the Land Trust is trying to preserve the grasses here. Hunting is allowed here so be sure to wear orange.

 

Map can be found at: Tikkanen/Martin

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Field at Tikkanen/Martin Property

Maurie Dunbar Acres – Foster

 

This short out and back trail, following the shore and nearby wooded area, wraps around the southern end of Gorham Farm Pond in western Foster. The trail, aptly named Bird Watch Trail, offers opportunities to view several species of birds including owls and water foul. The trail is not blazed but is easy enough to follow. Nearby properties are posted with “No Trespassing” signs. Parking is minimal near utility pole 4-50.

 

Map can be found at: Maurie Dunbar Acres

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A Frozen Gorham Farm Pond

Prescott Farm – Middletown/Portsmouth

 

Prescott Farm is a Newport Restoration Foundation property that straddles the Middletown/Portsmouth town line. The forty acres offers historic structures and an 1812 windmill as well as a wooded area with ponds and streams. Just after the windmill and to the left is a trail that leads into the woods. The loop trail offers several stream crossings and a pond near the far end. There are deciduous trees and a mix of pines and junipers among some thickets. There was quite an abundance of birds here at the time of the visit. At the pond near the front of the property were plenty of ducks and geese. Among the old structures is also a garden maintained by the U.R.I. master gardeners. Although privately owned, the property is open to the public and is a great spot for those interested in local history or looking for a short walk.

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The Guard House and Windmill at Prescott Farm.

Spruce Acres Farm – Portsmouth/Middletown

 

Straddling the town line of Portsmouth and Middletown on the west side of East Main Road is a former Christmas tree farm that has been preserved by the Aquidneck Island Land Trust. Spruce Acres Farm offers about a mile and a half of trails that meander about the property. It is the newest trail system in Rhode Island, opening to the public December of 2018. The blue blazed loop trail covers almost all of the property and is just over a mile long. From the parking area follow the red trail signs pass the private residence and barn to the next kiosk. This trail, the Gerwirz Trail, is the beginning of the blue blazed trail. Pass the gate and follow the main central trail pass an old structure, stay to the left, and pass another private residence to the right. At the next trail intersection turn right and follow the signs for the blue trail the remainder of the walk. The trail is very well marked as it winds through the old farm first on the Portsmouth side before crossing into Middletown. Among the shrubs you will occasionally catch a glimpse of an old sign here and there indicating former lots of Christmas trees. In the shrubs you will hear rustling of birds as it is a haven for all types from small songbirds to the larger hawks. Also dotting in and out of the stone walls are chipmunks and squirrels. There are some quite impressive trees on the property as well as a small pine grove. Bring a camera and take your time on this pleasant and short stroll as this is a beautiful property to enjoy.

 

Map can be found at: Spruce Acres Farm

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Along the blue trail at Spruce Acres Farm.

Hawkins Pond – Glocester

  • Hawkins Pond
  • Putnam Pike, Glocester, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°55’1.12″N, 71°47’36.68″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 25, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy with some hills.

 

Just before the Connecticut line along Route 44 is a small Glocester Land Trust property that offers a few trails to Hawkins Pond. The pond itself is created by an earthen dam along Mary Brown Brook. The dam also has a spillway making for a nice waterfall. There are some ruins of previous structures on the property as well.

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Hawkins Pond

Manville Memorial Park – Lincoln

 

This small park predominantly used for its recreational fields, basketball courts, and playground offers a stone dust walking path that follows portions of the perimeter of the fields. The pleasant surprise here are the trails that are in the nearby woods that lead to and partially around Laportes Pond. The trails here are short offering several large outcrops and views of the pond. Do keep in mind that some of the trails lead of the parks property into a nearby gun club. Take heed of the “No Trespassing” signs along the trails.

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Laportes Pond

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