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Old Harbor – New Shoreham

  • Old Harbor Walking Tour
  • Water Street, New Shoreham, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°10’23.58″N, 71°33’27.07″W
  • Last Time Hiked: October 16, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.3 miles
  • Fairly easy.

This walk, based on an on-line in town walk (see link below), covers quite a bit of the sights within a reasonable walking distance of the ferry landing at Old Harbor – Block Island. Starting from the ferry walk straight towards the restrooms then turn left and make your way out to Water Street as if you were heading to Ballards. Turn left onto Water Street and almost immediately across the street is the entrance of the Ocean View Trails. Follow the entrance trail slightly uphill. To the left is a narrow trail that leads done to the beach. Follow it to get some impressive beach views. Return back uphill and make your way up to the pavilion. This was the site of the Ocean View Hotel that stood here up till 1966 when it burnt to the ground. There is a narrow trail behind the pavilion that leads to a small garden then downhill and wraps around the backside and then west side of the property before reconnecting with the main entrance trail. Turn left back onto Water Street and then left onto Spring Street. Follow Spring Street uphill about a thousand feet and then turn right at the 1661 gardens. Follow the access road down to the farm. Here you will see emus and ostriches running about for a rather unique zoo experience. From here follow Spring Street back to the intersection with Water Street and turn left onto High Street and then right onto Weldons Way. There are several rental shops for mopeds and bicycles along the street. You will be approached to rent a moped!! At the end of the street turn left onto Chapel Street. You will pass Saint Andrews Church before coming to Old Town Road where you will turn right. The big white building on the left at the next intersection is the Block Island Historical Society. There is a small fee for a tour of the building. Take a left onto Ocean road and a few feet down is Poor Peoples Pub. This is an island staple and a good spot for lunch. Return back to the intersection and take a left onto Corn Neck Road. Follow it to a small park on the left called Solviken Nature Preserve. There are a few picnic benches here. Cross the street and you will find a set of stairs leading down to the beach. At the bottom of the stairs turn right and follow the beach to its end at the left of the Block Island Beach House/The Surf Restaurant. There is a set of stairs that lead back up to Water Street where you find several shops and eateries opposite of the ferry terminal. This makes for a good day trip walk while visiting the island without means of renting other modes of transportation.

Trail Map: Old Harbor Walking Tour.

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Ocean View Pavilion

Capron Park – Attleboro

 

Capron Park is mostly known for its zoo. The park area out in front of the zoo has a few walking paths and a loop road. Joggers and walkers are seen here quite often exercising. The park also has plenty of monuments, a gazebo, a bandstand, and a rose garden. The zoo is open year round.

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Walkway and Gazebo

World War I Memorial Park – North Attleborough

  • World War I Memorial Park/Harold Burns Wildlife Arboretum
  • Elmwood Street, North Attleborough, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°59’49.67″N, 71°18’51.45″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 17, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.2 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

 

North Attleborough’s largest park offers a zoo, playgrounds, ball fields, gardens, picnic grounds, disc golf, and about 2 miles of trails. Starting from the parking lot in the back of the park, first follow the yellow blazed trail west towards the baseball fields. Follow the tree line to the last field. The yellow blazed trail enters the woods just behind the backstop. The yellow blazed trail then winds throughout the west end of the park and the abutting Harold Burns Memorial Wildlife Arboretum. The yellow trail soon comes to the road where you want to turn right. From here follow the walking lane along the road as it sweeps to the left. Soon you will see a sign on a tree indicating the beginning of the Balancing Rock Trail. Turn here and follow the trail to see some impressive boulders. At the end of the trail turn right and follow the white blazed trail. It leads down to the power lines and turns right before entering the woods once again. Next you will catch a glimpse of the disc golf before exiting onto a stone road along another set of power lines. Stay to the right here and follow the road to its end (crossing a street as well). The now stone and gravel road turns to dirt as it bends right and into the parking lot where your car is parked.

 

Trail maps can be found at: World War I Memorial Park

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Balancing Rock