STL#4—Moosup Valley SP

Posted By on July 31, 2018

STL#4—Moosup Valley SP

3.28 miles; Moosup & Sterling, CT

[Ed. Note: I have been EXTREMELY remiss in posting for the past few months. A lot of personal drama. But I have made a vow to post at least once a day until I’m caught up. So watch the dates on these, as there is quite a backlog.]

This hike is on what becomes the Trestle Trail in Rhode Island; aka, The Washington Secondary Bike Path. The stretch between the end of the pavement in Moosup and the parking lot on Route 102 in Coventry is in kind of bad shape, but there are supposedly plans to spruce it up. Also, the STL map was way off, assuming I got the right bridge!

Pretty Bridge

Pretty Bridge

It starts off on a very pretty bridge over the Moosup River, and conveniently from the parking lot of a Dunkin’ Donuts. What’s not to like there?

Bad Shape

Bad Shape

For the first mile or so, it’s very nicely paved and maintained. Then… [cue scary music]… it gets dicey. Really dicey. As in muddy, rutted, rocky and generally messy.

Uh... What?

Uh… What?

Okay, cue scarier music. I mean, who walks barefoot in the mud on a wildly unmaintained trail? I decided right then and there that if I made it out of here alive, I wasn’t going to ever hike this trail again alone.

Selfie Spot? Maybe?

Selfie Spot? Maybe?

And I think, maybe, this is the Sky’s the Limit selfie spot. Maybe. It didn’t match the map, but going strictly by the map there was nothing to see. Here’s what the website said:

Photo Locations: East Coast Greenway Sign in parking area and photo of Moosup River from bridge (as indicated on map).

But there is not a view of a bridge or the river from the spot indicated on the map. So I took this photo. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For information on the 2018 Sky’s the Limit Challenge, see the STL website. As always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.

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