Posted By auntie on December 27, 2013
2.56 miles 2.1 mph
this trail sounded so promising! close to home, old king’s highway crossing, cellar holes, beaver dams… and it was such a bust. i’m going to assume that the hopkinton land trust was unable to get or retain an easement for the tomaquag trail, so instead of a lollipop loop, this became a simple out-and-back with a detour that had to be backtracked. still, a walk is a walk, and it counts.
the trailhead for this hike is at the hopkinton town public works garage on woodville road, across from the hopkinton police station. so far, so good! a short footpath leads from the garage parking lot to the start, pictured, of the tomaquag trail.
this looked like the first obstacle, but as it turned out, it wasn’t a problem. the trail just takes an unobvious right turn here and continues past this lovely vista of a farmer’s junk pile.
the trail continues like the photo, above, for a long stretch. when you come to the hopkinton land trust sign, about a mile from the dpw garage, there is a yellow-blazed side trail, marked on the map as the beaver flood trail. i followed this for as far as the blazes went, but the blazes, and the trail, just kind of ended in the middle of a swampy stretch. there was no obvious trail beyond that point, so i turned around and backtracked to the main trail. i should mention that for most of this long, straight stretch, you are walking along border of the elm rock farm. it’s hard to miss this fact, as there are “private property, elm rock farm” signs every 25 feet or so.
finally, you come to a closed and chained gate marked by the sign, pictured above. the long, flat trail stretched off beyond the gate, but i wasn’t about to challenge the signage, so i turned around and headed back to the dpw garage. i never did get to kenyon crossroads where the original king’s road once ran from newport to new london, and there are cellar holes and planted trees.
for what it’s worth, i have added this hike to the hikefinder.