Posts Tagged ‘ Roger Williams Park ’

Big Lakes Trail – Providence

  • Big Lakes Trail – Roger Williams Park
  • Cladrashs Avenue, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°47’3.52″N, 71°24’44.76″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 24, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 3.6 miles
  • Easy.


The longest of the five marked trails at Roger Williams Park winds around the parks large lakes offering several nice views and plenty of opportunities to see birds. Being a loop you can start almost anywhere, but for this walk we started at the boathouse. The trail is well marked with white diamonds painted on sidewalks where posts are not available. From the boathouse, head east (away from the carousel), and cross the street at a crosswalk. The trail enters a wooded section along Cunliff Lake winding up and over a small hill before coming to the Temple to Music. This structure was built in 1924 and hosts concerts as well as other events. Continuing to follow the white blazes leads to a 600 foot section of road walking before the trail turns left into the woods and joins the yellow blazed Temple View Trail. The white blazed trail soon bears to the right and up hill coming to the back side of a baseball field, then left into the woods again before re-emerging to a grassy area at the southern end of the park. From here the trail swings around Elm Lake and begins to head north. This long stretch now follows the shores of Elm Lake, Cunliff Lake once again, and Edgewood Lake before coming to another road crossing.  After crossing the road the trail then hugs the shore of Pleasure Lake before coming to a pedestrian bridge that leads you back to the boathouse. The lakes are home to swans, geese, herons, egrets, and ducks. Several songbirds also dwell in the shrubs and bushes nearby. Turtles can be seen here as well, likely sunbathing on small fallen trees and branches stretching into the lakes. The shores are also usually occupied by people fishing for bass and sunfish. The park is also home to the Carousel Village and the Roger Williams Park Zoo. One could plan an entire day at the park!


Map can be found at: Big Lakes Trail.


Temple To Music From The Opposite Shore.

Bluff To Bluff Trail – Providence

  • Bluff To Bluff Trail – Roger Williams Park
  • F.C. Greene Memorial Boulevard, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°47’12.91″N, 71°24’49.34″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 2, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Fairly easy with some slight elevation.


The aptly named Bluff To Bluff Trail spans from the Natural History Museum to the Casino and includes the valley below. The red blazed walking path, almost entirely of paved or concrete walkways, winds downhill from across the Natural History Museum toward Willow Lake. After crossing the street at the Seal House, the trail follows Roosevelt Lake for a bit before climbing uphill and then it continues to the left crossing the Lovers Retreat Bridge before coming to the Casino. The trail then loops back to the Lovers Retreat Bridge and veers to the left to the Betsey Williams Cottage. After the cottage the trail winds to the right and downhill crossing the street and then follows the shore of Polo Lake. After crossing the street once again the trail meanders uphill and loops opposite the Roger Williams Park Zoo entrance. This section includes a short section of grass that follows the edge of the road. The remainder of the trail will bring you back to the opposite of the road from the Natural History Museum. Be sure to take your time enjoying the views of the lakes. They are havens for birds.


Mountain Laurel Blooming Along The Bluff To Bluff Trail

Hawthorne Trail – Providence

  • Hawthorne Trail – Roger Williams Park
  • Hawthorne Avenue, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°47’21.62″N, 71°24’46.47″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 24, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.8 miles
  • Easy.


Starting from the parking lot for the tennis courts along Hawthorne Avenue , this trail, all paved sidewalks and walks follows the road towards the ball parks and winds downhill to the park entrance at Broad Street. Switching sides of the road, the trail then follows a paved path that winds through a grassy area before passing the Juan Pablo Duarte statue. Just after the Haitian Independence Memorial the trail crosses the road once again back to the parking area.


Hawthorne Trail at Roger WIlliams Park

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.


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
  • First Time Hiked: March 16, 2019
  • Last Time Hiked: November 25, 2021
  • 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.


End Of The Trail

Roger Williams Park – Providence

  • Roger Williams Park
  • Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°47’9.10″N,  71°25’6.95″W
  • Last Time Hiked: January 19, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.7 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation.

A Sunday morning walk in the park. It was a very quiet morning in one of Rhode Islands busiest parks. In the summer this park (and adjoining zoo) is bustling with hundreds of people. Today I felt alone. Using the route for the most part in Ken Weber’s “More Walks And Rambles In Rhode Island” I started near the main entrance at Elmwood Avenue and started following an old concrete sidewalk near the Victorian Rose Garden heading toward the large mansion looking structure with large pillars. This structure is the Casino. It was built in the 19th century and has hosted several events during its day including weddings and balls. I then followed a path to the right of the Casino which lead to a flight of stairs that led to the Bandstand. At the this point I turned left and followed the path along the pond. I continued following the path by a fence before crossing a bridge. After the bridge I took a right to continue following the ponds edge. On the left I passed the Japanese Garden. The path is now more of a road that turns to the left and uphill away from the pond. At the end of the road I crossed the street and continued walking straight across a hilly grass area. Ahead is a rather large structure on the shore of another pond. It is the Temple of Music. My luck, there was a young woman practicing her singing and acoustic guitar playing. She was not aware she had an audience at first. She sounded very good and the acoustics of the temple were spectacular. I then turned in a northerly direction making my way uphill and through and area of trees until I came to the road. I turned right at the road and followed it to its end. At the intersection is the Boat House. I then turned right and followed the road that goes by first the Botanical Center and then the Providence Police Mounted Command facility. Here I saw a few of their horses out and grazing. After crossing the bridge, I took the path on the left which follows the edge of the pond for quite a while. This path, mostly naturally worn, meanders through an area of trees. There are signs here cautioning you of the presence of poison ivy. At the end of this path it opens to a grass area with another pond directly in front of you. If you go left here you can cross the bridge to get to the carousel. I went right instead following the edge of the pond and stopping to photograph some ducks. Uphill and to the right you will see the Museum of Natural History. At the road I turned left crossing the bridge following the winding road back towards the main entrance where I had parked the car.

I did not find a park map on-line, however more information is available here: Roger Williams Park

The Bandstand With The Casino Behind It

The Bandstand With The Casino Behind It