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Mount Hope Farm – Bristol

  • Mount Hope Farm
  • Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°40’3.75″N, 71°15’18.51″W
  • First Time Hiked: March 20, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: April 29, 2017
  • Approximate distance walked: 2.5 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation.


Mount Hope Farm is a property owned by The Mount Hope Trust. It is used for weddings and events, but the grounds are open to the public for jogging and walking. Most of the paths are paved at Mount Hope. From the parking area I followed the main path easterly through an area of woods which open to a large field on the left. The field was full of robins, so many so that I could not count them. That’s got to be a sign that spring is really right around the corner. On the right there are a few areas to sneak a peek at the bay. When the path split, I took a right and followed the path around Church Cove until I reached Cove Cabin. The views of Mount Hope Bay are spectacular here. But beware of a windy day. Although it was the first day of spring it still felt like winter by the water. I then retraced my steps back to the split and decided to go straight, then right onto a grass path, then left onto a path that took me out to between the two ponds. Here I saw many birds, ducks, and geese. I then continued along the paved path again towards the main complex of the farm before turning left on a path back to the parking area. I did run into several people here walking dogs.

Trail map can be found at: Mount Hope Farm

Pond Reflections

Pond Reflections

McIntosh – Bristol


This was a nice and short walk. This Audubon property is where their educational center is located. It is a small stretch of land between Hope Street and where the Warren River meets Narragansett Bay. From the parking lot I followed the path around to the back of the building and then followed the stone dust path to the left through a large open field. At the bottom of the hill I then turned left onto a boardwalk that goes through some wooded area. After crossing the bike path the boardwalk continues through areas of marsh where I could hear plenty of rustling from birds. At the end of the boardwalk there is a nice view of the bay. I retraced my steps on the way back.

More info & trail map can be found at: McIntosh

Narragansett Bay From McIntosh

Narragansett Bay From McIntosh

Neutaconkanut Hill – Providence

  • Neutaconkanut Hill
  • Plainfield Street, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°48’40.99″N, 71°27’45.71″W
  • First Time Hiked: March 17, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: February 26, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.8 miles
  • Moderate with some significant elevation.



Providence is a bustling New England city with miles and miles of blocks of brick buildings, mills, and tenement houses.In the western end of the city a large tract of land is preserved as open space. When you are on the trails of Neutaconkanut Hill you soon forget that you are still in fact in the city. The hill once served as the northwestern boundary of Providence as agreed upon by the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and the Native Americans. Starting at the parking area by the Recreation Center on Plainfield Street, first follow the orange blazed trail into the woods. You will soon come to a trail intersection. Turn left onto the red blazed Pond Trail. You will first soon King Pond below to the left before coming to the Great Stone Steps. This stretch is very steep and can be difficult. Just beyond the top of the hill is a four way intersection. Turn left onto the orange blazed trail. It will eventually come the first of several outlooks. From this side of the hill on clear days you will be offered sweeping views to the southeast. A glimpse of the Easy Bay and Newport is possible during the weather conditions. After a quick stop at the outlook continue along the orange blazed trail to the Pinnacle Boardwalk. There is a nice bench here to take a quick break. Continuing to follow the orange blazed trail will lead you next to the remains of two Camaros. This site is a testament to how nature reclaims the land and objects left there. The trail then wraps to the left. A trail to the right leads down a steep bank and over a stream. For this hike do not take that turn, continue straight and follow the straight, level trail that descends slightly downhill. The trail then turns to the right a bit and winds towards the King Monument, named after the family who donated the land. After the monument, look for the blue trail on the left. Follow the blue trail in its entirety. The trail winds through the hillside offering another (unmarked) overlook near its southern most bend before looping back to the north passing well above an area of swamp to the left. At the end of the trail turn left onto the orange blazed trail and follow it to the road. Across the road is a meadow, walk through this area to a set of rock outcrops. From these outcrops is an impressive view of Downtown Providence. There is also the ruins of a bandstand here. In the early to mid 20th century this spot was used for concerts and gatherings. Make your way down the hill to the road below. Along the timber guardrail is an opening that leads to the WPA (Works Progress Administration) steps and path that will lead you down to the bottom of the hill to the park and ball fields by the parking area.

Trail map can be found at: Neutaconkanut Hill


Overlooking Providence

Touisset Marsh – Warren


Birds, thickets, marsh, and the sun setting over the Kickamuit River made for a nice and short 1 mile stroll. I had started from the trail behind the fire station and proceeded to hike the outer most trail clockwise.  The trail first followed the edges of a couple fields before entering the marsh area. A small bridge crossed over a stream then the path followed the shoreline through an area of thickets and more fields. The path then turned inland and headed back toward the fire station.

More info & trail map can be found at: Touisset Marsh

Kickamuit River at Sunset

Kickamuit River at Sunset

Osamequin – Barrington

  • Osamequin Nature Trails and Bird Sanctuary
  • Wampanoag Trail, Barrington, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°45’37.05″N, 71°19’23.11″W
  • First Time Hiked: January 21, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: May 23, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1 mile
  • Very Easy.


Osamequin has a network of trails that are wedged between the busy Wampanoag Trail and Hundred Acre Cove.  There are several short trails on this property that can easily be done in less than an hour. The property is mostly tall grass with some areas of woods and wetlands. It is a haven for birds and features several birdhouse as well as pole to encourage osprey nesting.

Trail map can be found at: Osamequin

Osprey Nest (May 2014)

Osprey Nest (May 2014)