Trails And Walks Elsewhere

Trails And Walks Elsewhere

This page is for trails and walks that are a little further away. Every now and again I will venture out of the Trails and Walks “limits” to visit and hike other trails. Here are some more notable hikes that you may want to consider visiting someday. All distance are from Downtown Providence “as the crow flies”. The hikes and walks on this page are listed from closest to furthest away from Rhode Island.

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Waterfall and Suspension Bridge, East Coast Trail

 

 

  • Freedom Trail
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Distance from Providence – 40 miles

In nearby Boston, the Freedom Trail is a good way to visit many of the cities colonial and early American historical sites. This brick lined trail winds through the city streets passing sites such as the Old State House, the Boston Massacre, the USS Constitution, Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, and Bunker Hill to name just a few. Guided tours are available if you so choose and the trail is approximately 3 miles in length one way.

Trail map: Freedom Trail

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Bunker Hill Monument

 

 

  • Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Concord, Massachusetts
  • Distance from Providence – 45 miles

On April 19, 1775 the American Revolution began in the suburbs of Boston. Today the town of Concord is a quaint but bustling New England town with a rich history. There is a 5 mile long trail that runs between Concord and Lexington known as the Battle Road Trail. This trail is the approximate route the advancing British soldiers took on the way to Concord.  At the North Bridge is where the “Shot heard around the world” was fired. There is also a short half mile walk here. Concord years later would become famous for its authors, particularly Thoreau. A walk of a mile and half, or more, at Walden Pond is always suggested while in town. This is where Thoreau secluded himself in the woods.

Trail map: Minute Man National Historical Park & Walden Pond

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North Bridge Crossing The Concord River.

 

 

  • Dogtown
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Distance from Providence – 70 miles

Deep in the woods of this historic coastal town you will find a cluster of boulders with inspirational quotes on them. The area, known as Dogtown, was once a colonial village that has been long abandoned. The boulders were given their famous quotes in the early 20th century by a local. There are several miles of trails here, but the majority of the boulders are along the Babson Boulder Trail. Some boulders to be seen include “Study”, “Use Your Head”, “Loyalty”, and “Truth”.

Trail map: Dogtown

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One Of The Over 25 Boulders at Dogtown

 

 

  • Acadia National Park
  • Near Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Distance from Providence – 240 miles

Acadia National Park lies on the coast of Maine and is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. The ragged shoreline, small mountains, and crystal clear lakes make for a truly scenic location. There are over a hundred miles of trails in the park. Bubble Rock is a large boulder that teeters on the edge of a cliff and Cadillac Mountain is the highest point in the park.  These are two of the most visited sites in the park. Sand Beach, Otter Cove, and Wonderland are good spots to get down to the coast. Swimming is available at Sand Beach.

Trail map: Acadia National Park

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Bubble Rock in Acadia National Park

 

 

  • Fundy National Park
  • Near Alma, New Brunswick – Canada
  • Distance from Providence – 410 miles

Fundy National Park lies on the Bay of Fundy which is home to the worlds largest tide differentials. The height between low tide and high tide varies over 50 feet in the bay offering a very unique opportunity in the area. For this visit, hiking was concentrated in the Point Wolfe Campsite area over the course of two days. Hikes along the Coopermine, Point Wolfe Beach, and Shiphaven Trails were done the first day. Early the next morning a hike to Herring Cove and back along the Coastal Trail was done. Later that day a visit to nearby Hopewell Rocks was made to “walk on the ocean floor”.

Trail map: Fundy National Park

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Sunrise at Fundy

 

 

  • Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Near Stanhope Bayshore, Prince Edward Island – Canada
  • Distance from Providence – 520 miles

Prince Edward Island National Park lies on the north shore of the island. The park is made of three parts. The western most part lies the town of Cavendish, made famous by the novel Anne of Green Gables. Hikes occurred just west of Cavendish Grove and in the area around Stanhope along the Gulf Shore. A visit to Greenwich at the eastern most of the park was made to check out the highest sand dunes on the island.

Trail map: Prince Edward Island National Park

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Dunes of Prince Edward Island

 

 

  • Bruce Peninsula National Park
  • Near Tobermory, Ontario – Canada
  • Distance from Providence – 560 miles

Bruce Peninsula separates Lake Huron from the Georgian Bay. Just outside of Tobermory is the visitor center with a towering lookout tower and the Burnt Point trailhead. A little further to the south is the camping area by Cyprus Lake. A hike around the lake and out to Grotto, Halfway Rock, and Overhanging Point was made before settling in for the night.

Trail map: Bruce Peninsula National Park

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Along The Georgian Bay

 

 

  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Near Ingonish, Nova Scotia – Canada
  • Distance from Providence – 650 miles

The rolling hills of Cape Breton offer some of the best scenery in the world. This national park encompasses the northern most parts of Nova Scotia. The Skyline Trail is world known with its sweeping views of the surrounding area. Hikes were made at Benjis Cove and after a night of camping a brisk climb to the top of Broad View Mountain.

Trail map: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Cape Breton Highlands

 

 

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • Near Munising, Michigan
  • Distance from Providence – 800 miles

Pictured Rocks is located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The towering cliffs, waterfalls, and beaches along Lake Superior are stunningly beautiful. Hikes covered much of the park including visits to Miners Castle, Mosquito Falls, Hurricane River, Au Sable Lighthouse, and Sable Falls.

Trail map: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Shoreline of Pictured Rocks

 

 

  • East Coast Trail
  • Near St. Johns, Newfoundland – Canada
  • Distance from Providence – 1000 miles

The East Coast Trail is about 265 kilometers (170 miles) long and follows the eastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. Over the course of several days I had done several sections of it making a point to visit most of the highlights. Visits to Cape Spear (the easternmost point in North America), Blackhead, Stiles Cove, Sugarloaf (icebergs could be seen offshore), Caplin Bay, Tors Cove, and La Manche (suspension bridge and seals) covered close to 30 miles of the trail. While in the area a visit to Cape Race and a short guided hike at Mistaken Point was made.

Trail map: East Coast Trail

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East Coast Trail at La Manche

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