Posts Tagged ‘ Woonasquatucket River ’

Stump Pond – Smithfield

 

Stump Pond is known mostly to be a fishing spot. The state owned property however has a short out and back trail that follows the shore of the pond. Starting from the parking area, you can first walk along the dam to the left to catch a sweeping view of the pond. At the end of the walkway is the spillway where Stump Pond (also called Stillwater Reservoir) flows into the Woonasquatucket River. From here retrace your steps and continue to follow the dam towards the woods. A well defined trail then follows the shore winding gently up and down small hills. The trail comes to a small peninsula where there is a cluster of trees leaning over the ponds edge. A trail ahead continues onto private property. For this hike, stop at the small peninsula and enjoy the view before returning back to the parking area.

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A wintry Stump Pond.

Cricket Field – Johnston

This small park offers a short, but easy walk along the Woonasquatucket River between Johnston and North Providence in an neighborhood known as Greystone. Previously the field was used as a ball field. In the early 20th century this property was used to play cricket (hence its namesake) and soccer by teams from the nearby Greystone Mill. Today the park is newly renovated with brick walking paths, a gazebo, and a canoe launch among its perennial flowers and fresh landscaping.

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Woonasquatucket River In Greystone

Mowry Farm – Smithfield

  • Mowry Farm
  • Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°55’12.31″N, 71°32’56.65″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 4, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

A short trail system indeed, Mowry Farm offers quite a bit variety and is a nice supplement to the nearby Mowry Conservation Area. Parking is available at the community gardens along Farnum Pike. The trail (red trail on the map) at the extreme right end of the parking lot passes a fenced in garden and greenhouse before coming to a sign indicating the trails are to the left. First you will pass an open grass area with some scattered art work including the roundhouse and cob oven. It looks like “Stickhenge”. Just beyond that the trail leads into the woods. For this hike continue straight onto the yellow blazed trail. Here some very large trees have been cut down. Their trunks are being carved into unique chairs and benches. The next feature along the yellow trail is the tree fort type of structure overlooks the land below. Continuing downhill the trail crosses the red blazed trail then crosses the upper reaches of the Woonasquatucket River via a footbridge. The yellow trail ends at a large rock that overlooks the northern end of Stump Pond. From here retrace your steps back over the bridge then turn left onto the red trail. At the next intersection turn right and follow the mowed path pass the chicken coups. Soon you will reach the trail that you entered the property on. Retrace your steps back to the parking area.

Trail maps can be found at: Mowry Farm

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Woonasquatucket River

Esmond Park – Smithfield

 

Esmond Park is a combination of a short trail on a former railroad bed and a small town park. The two distinctly different parts are separated by an arch bridge that crosses the river at a small waterfall. The park itself, complete with World War I monuments, paved paths, and park benches is at the corner of Farnum Pike and Esmond Street. The parking area is a little further north along Farnum Pike at the end with the trail entrance. I came across a few people walking dogs here.

Trail map can be found at: Esmond Park.

The Bridge At Esmond

The Bridge At Esmond

Georgiaville Dam And Gorge – Smithfield

 

Another “Seven Scenic Walks” of Smithfield, this short walk has a little bit of everything. Starting from the parking area, you first come to the town beach. The beach at the time of this walk was quite active. Several small children were cooling off from the late summer heat. After passing the beach, the path turns into a dirt road following the top of an earthen dam. From the dam you have sweeping views of Georgiaville Pond over the banks of wildflowers. Other than swimmers there were kayaks, tubers taking advantage of the pond. At the end of the dirt road is the dam. Much like Hunts Mills, it is a combination of a manmade dam and natural waterfall. To the right there is a short trail to a small area that overlooks the gorge where the Woonasquatucket River passes. Here I saw a great blue heron traversing through the gorge. From this point you retrace your steps back to the parking area.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Georgiaville Gorge

Georgiaville Gorge

Mowry – Smithfield

  • Mowry Conservation Area
  • Old Forge Road, Smithfield, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°55’13.78″N,  71°33’7.45″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 4, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 mile
  • Easy with some elevation.

 

Mowry is one of the “Seven Scenic Walks” of Smithfield. This afternoon I set out to complete the last three of them. Mowry was the first stop. It is a wooded property along Old Forge Road with a stream (the Woonasquatucket River), picnic area, large boulders, and ledges. The entrance is stunningly beautiful with a large looming ledge to the right of the access bridge. After crossing the bridge there is two loop trails to choose from. I choose to do both, doing the yellow loop first. The yellow loop is the more challenging of the two with a significant hill to climb. The red trail does have some slight elevation to it, but the majority of it is rather level in comparison. Both trails are shrouded by a plethora of pines and hemlocks. Both trails total just about a mile. The stream at the time of this hike was very low as a result of a very dry summer. Several birds could be heard here and I saw some squirrels.

Trail map can be found at: Mowry.

The Bridge To The Loops

The Bridge To The Loop Trails

Donigian Park – Providence

I came across Donigian Park while scrolling through the blueways section of exploreri.org webpage. When I looked it up in Google Maps I noticed that there was a bike path shown on the map. On the list it went. Today, a very rainy day, I decided to cancel my planned hike down in Arcadia but I still couldn’t resist getting a short walk in nonetheless. Being in the city I decided to stop here and check it out. The bike path itself is rather short and looks very new. It is in the Onleyville section of the city and runs from Valley Street along the Woonasquatucket River to Sonoma Court. There is a bridge that crosses the river and there is a dam and waterfall here. There are also some paved paths that wrap around the park itself. The park features a ball field and playgrounds. The walk along the bike path out and back and a loop around the park is just about 3/4 of a mile. By the way, I got absolutely drenched.

I did not find a trail map online.

The Bike Path Along The River (In The Rain)

The Bike Path Along The River (In The Rain)