5 Undiscovered Rhode Island Hikes
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Empty Beachfront in Saunderstown
Here's a trail that will take you away and onto a beach that you won't believe you've never seen. Rome Point is a small peninsula located in the John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, a 230-acre state-owned conservation
Nature Walking in Barrington
Owned and operated by the town of Barrington, the 42-acre Osamequin Wildlife Sanctuary, left, offers woodlands, fields and saltwater wetlands, with a well-defined trail system leading to the shores of Hundred Acre Cove and bordering wetlands. These two to three miles of trails that wind through the sanctuary makes this an ideal place for observing migratory waterfowl and shore birds. Open year round, from sunrise to sunset. Off the Wampanoag Trail, Rte. 114, Barrington.
Wooded Ramble near Glocester
The George Washington Management Area, a nearly 3,500-acre swath of natural retreat near Glocester, is perfect for wooded meandering. The Angell Loop will take you on a lakeshore-woodland circuit, even passing an historic Indian gravesite. Keep on the lookout for cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, grey squirrel, white-tailed deer and furbearers. 2185 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, www.dem.ri.gov/
Bird Watching in Tiverton
Located on the saltwater shores of the Sakonnet River in Tiverton, the Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge is a hidden jewel offering shallow marshes and upland woodlands for a wide variety of bird life. The 50-acre reserve offers hikers views of salt marshes, seabirds, the Sakonnet River and more. Donated to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in 1965, it was once a 30-acre farm belonging to Emily Rueckner. Now, the refuge is an inviting spot for nature walks along its one-and-one-half miles of easy-walking trails which should take about 90 minutes to complete. Seapowet Ave, Tiverton.
Climb a Mountain (RI-Style) in Exeter
Maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the well-marked Mount Tom Trail rambles up and down for about five miles that include lovely vistas that give way to the Connecticut border, and ledges for pausing, snacking, and enjoying the summer weather. Pick up the trail off Ten Rod Road, near the Arcadian Midway Parking area.