Posts Tagged ‘ Nature Walk ’

Mercy Woods – Cumberland

 

The Town of Cumberland recently purchased 229 of the 243 acres of the Sisters of Mercy property for conservation and passive recreation. With the help of the Cumberland Land Trust, the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, and volunteers, Mercy Woods has become not only one of the newest trail systems, but handily one of the most beautiful in Rhode Island. The nearly six miles of trails are well blazed and mapped. For this hike, I led a group, following the Perimeter Walk, from the Sumner Brown Road parking area just off of Route 121. We crossed the road to follow the yellow blazed Mercy Loop. After crossing a field and passing a gate we were onto the trail. The trail winds pass the red blaze trail and turns to the east where it intersects with the blue blazed Ridge Trail. Look towards the right here just before the blue trail. Up on the hill is a pile of rocks, possibly a cairn or an impressive “balance artwork”. Following the blue blazes of the aptly named Ridge Trail for the next two miles leads you up and down some impressive hills, crossing a few streams, passing several stone walls, winding by large boulders and outcrops, along a ridge, and through a forest floor of ferns. The trail intersects with four red blazed trails (Stone Wall, Fisher, Fern, and Fiske) and crosses Sumner Brown Road. For this hike, we followed the blue blazes to their terminus at the Mercy Loop. The Warner Trail also joins the Ridge Trail for a bit. You will see a few white circle blazes along the way marking the long distance trail. When we reached the yellow blazes once again we turned left. Keep an eye out for the blazes as there are two trails to the left (one being not blazed). The remainder of the hike winds through the woods at the southern end of the property, passing through an open field, by power lines, then crosses Highland View Road before the final stretch that leads you back to the parking area.

 

Map can be found at: Mercy Woods.

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Along The Mercy Loop

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Ocean View Farm – Dartmouth

 

A long grass mowed path along the fence line of Round The Bend Farm leads you to a stunningly beautiful and sweeping view. Starting from a parking area at Allens Neck Road, the grass mowed pathway is flanked on the right by the active farm with chickens and cows and to the left by shrubs and trees the serve as a natural barrier to the abutting property. Following the path to the end of the fence, to the right, and then left once again will take you by a wildflower habitat as well. This property is a haven to birds. Warblers and red winged blackbirds were abundant along the path. Also a interesting observation, several groundhogs crossing the path as they scurried from shrubs to rock piles and back. At the end of the pathway is a raised observation deck that offers views of the fields, wetlands, pond, beaches, bluffs, Buzzards Bay, and Cuttyhunk on a clear day. Bring your binoculars!! The out and back walk is just over a mile and a half.

 

Map can be found at: Ocean View Farm.

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View From the Observation Deck.

New Bedford Garden Club Reserve – Dartmouth

  • New Bedford Garden Club Reserve
  • Gaffney Road, Dartmouth, MA
  • Trailhead:  41°32’56.93″N, 70°59’50.99″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 21, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.4 miles
  • Fairly Easy.

 

Mileage is not going to be achieved on this hike. However, if you are in the area, especially in late June, this small property is a must stop. The short two tenths of a mile loop wraps around a small kettle hole pond. Both mountain laurel and rhododendrons bloom here in late June making for a short but beautiful stroll. Also, just at the end of the road is the Town Landing which offers a sweeping view of Slocum’s River.

 

Map can be found at: New Bedford Garden Club Reserve.

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Loop Trail Under Mountain Laurel.

Roosevelt Lake – Providence

  • Roosevelt Lake Trail – Roger Williams Park
  • Cladrastis Avenue, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°46’59.22″N, 71°24’53.69″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 17, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.8 miles
  • Easy.

 

Starting from the parking lot of the Carousel Village follow the blue blazes toward the pond. This trail, all on concrete and asphalt walks, follows the shore of Roosevelt lake passing the Williams Family Cemetery, the Bandstand, the Casino, the Seal House, and the Japanese Garden. A stroll through the Japanese Garden adds a little more distance to the posted 0.57 miles.

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The Bandstand and Casino Along Roosevelt Lake

Temple View Trail – Providence

  • Temple View Trail – Roger Williams Park
  • F.C. Greene Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°46’37.83″N, 71°24’51.31″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 16, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Easy.

 

The aptly named Temple View Trail is one of several shorter blazed trails at Roger Williams Park. The yellow blazed trail is a quarter of a mile (half mile out and back) to the end of an esker that juts out into Cunliff Lake in the heart of the park. The trail is flanked on both sides by lakes and is lined with several birch trees. At the end of the trail is a great view of the Temple of Music across the lake.

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End Of The Trail

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

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

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