Westerly Grills All the Things

| April 19, 2020

Westerly Grills All the Things

5.5 miles; Westerly, RI [This is a post from the distant past. I’ve been poking through the vast number of Draft posts on my site to see if there’s anything that might still be of interest. Thought I’d throw this one into the mix.] Way back in the Before Times, I had planned to lead […]

Westerly & Hopkinton Grills

| April 1, 2019

Westerly & Hopkinton Grills

9.25 miles; Westerly and Hopkinton, RI So today I meant to do as much of both preserves as possible, but as usual, I got a late start and had to rush to get home before dinner. I haven’t been on parts of this preserve in a long time, and the tree work they did is […]

Woody Hill Lollipop Loop

| February 17, 2019

Woody Hill Lollipop Loop

4 miles; Westerly, RI Found a gpx file for this route through Woody Hill on AllTrails. Woody Hill, being a wildlife management area, doesn’t contain what you’d call blazed trails, although, like its much larger cousin Big River, it has become a mountain bike destination. As a result, there is a tangled spider web of […]

Grills, Interrupted

| November 29, 2018

Grills, Interrupted

3.2 miles; Westerly, RI Note to self: don’t try and hike the Grills when the Pawcatuck is at or above flood stage. Duh. Yes, I get FEMA alerts on my phone. Yes, I saw this one. Yes, I didn’t read it. I started this hike with the intention of doing at least 4 miles if […]

Bradford Preserve

| September 2, 2017

Bradford Preserve

2.13 miles; Westerly, RI As I was finishing up Parker today, I got a text from some PCHC friends who were in the area and wanted to visit a small local preserve. I joined them and was quite pleasantly surprised. I’ve driven by this huge field dozens of times, but never realized there was a […]

Wahaneeta and Woody Hill

| October 14, 2016

Wahaneeta and Woody Hill

5 miles; Westerly, RI Wow. I’ve hiked these properties before, but I obviously never got to see all that much. Woody Hill, which is a State of Rhode Island Wildlife Management Area, is stunning. Gentle hills criss-crossed with stone walls, quarries, old forest roads, and trails, these woods feel quite far removed from suburban Westerly, although […]

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