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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | SUMMER 2020 13 13 13 A young visitor to trails near the MERCER LOOKOUT in Smithfield enjoys a waterfall in the area. Five hikes you can love without leaving R.I. With summer comes opportunities to get outside and hike, and now is the time to hit the trails. While many out-of-state destinations draw large crowds of hikers, Rhode Island also has its fair share of trails, including many lesser-known spots. The following trails offer a variety of hiking experiences for families and indi- viduals around northern Rhode Island. Be sure to check conditions ahead of time online and follow all posted rules and regulations. If you're planning a picnic, be sure to carry out your trash to preserve these areas for future generations. Mercer Lookout Location: Smithfield Parking: Mountaindale Road Length: About one mile Landmarks: Chimney and fireplace remaining from a Boy Scout cabin, blue- berry bushes, a panoramic view of the Providence skyline, quiet waterfalls. Trail map: www.smithfieldri.com Consisting of 24 acres, the high, rugged land was used for years as a summer camp by members of a Providence Boy Scout troop. Since the town took over the land, a grand view has been reclaimed and it is once more possible to stand at this spot and enjoy the long views over Providence. The walking route is rocky in places but also presents looks at songbirds and wildflowers, particularly where it follows ancient Wolf Hill Trail. The walk from the parking area near the power lines to the lookout and then back down is just under one mile. Two different loop trails exist on the property, forming a walk of about one mile. Parts of this area, particularly with light waterfalls not far from an entrance at 263 Mountaindale Road, give off an atmosphere like a mini rainforest. By LAUREN CLEM and KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Staff Writers Sprague Farm Location: Chepachet Parking: Pine Orchard Road Length: 2.5 miles Landmarks: Ruins of historic Sprague Farm Trail map: www.glocesterlandtrust.org Sprague Farm is a 985-acre historic farmstead overseen by the Glocester Land Trust off Putnam Pike. Visitors to the property can walk miles of trails and view the ruins of the historic farm, where members of the Sprague family lived and worked for centuries. Following the Loop Trail, hikers will pass old house foundations and cross several streams before returning along- side White Cedar Swamp. A gentle grade and educational signage along the way make this an ideal hike for families. Spencer Property Location: Foster Parking: Old Danielson Pike Length: Varies Landmarks: Small pond and a "troll cave" Trail map: www.townoffoster.com/ land-trust The Foster Land Trust's Spencer Property comprises 155 acres of woodland along the Ponaganset River Corridor in the north portion of Foster off Route 6. Though the small parking area on Old Danielson Pike is easy to miss, the property features many hiking options, including a short walking path around a small pond and several longer, wooded trails. The Boulder Field Trail will take hikers past many large rock formations, including the mysterious See HIKING, Page 14 Egg

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