Trail Runs

MASSACHUSETTS

Destruction Brook – Westport
https://dnrt.org/destructionbrook/
There is a 5 mile route that can be taken that is all trail. Footing is excellent( some short sections have roots and rocks). Well marked wide trail throughout. A few inclines along the Eskers ( 10000 year old glacial ridges). Very scenic with ponds, streams, graveyards, old farm settlement. The whole area is surrounded by road. Almost impossible to lose the trail and get lost. It is one of the easiest and safest trails to get a good run in. You can run alone with a phone, but like any area woman and men should run with a buddy. This system is almost wide enough throughout to run side by each with a friend. One of driest trails going, very little mud even after rain. Also it’s a year round trail. Doesn’t not become overgrown in the summer and bugs and critters are minimal.

Freetown Forrest – Fall River
https://www.mass.gov/locations/freetown-fall-river-state-forest
Very underused.  Park on Blossom Road, enter via Brightman Trail.

Gilbert Hills State Forest   – Foxboro
https://www.mass.gov/locations/f-gilbert-hills-state-forest
45 Mill Street, Foxborough, MA 02035

Wrentham State Forest – Wrentham
https://www.mass.gov/locations/wrentham-state-forest
690 Taunton St, Wrentham, MA 02093

Seekonk High School
261 Arcade Ave, Seekonk
Also called the Turner Reservoir trail – https://trailsandwalksri.wordpress.com/category/turner-reservoir/
Trails are located behind the baseball backstop.
The trails are frequented by runners, walkers, pets and bikers so it is safe to run alone.  Little chance of getting lost – trails are  marked. The trail borders the reservoir on one side and the high school and housing on the other side.  You can cross over into the East Providence (near the damn) to visit the other side of the dam.  On the EP side, the trail heading out to Route 152 contains many roots.  This is the hardest part of the trails.  Some rocks and roots on the remaining trails, otherwise it is flat. Fabulous views of the reservoir and dam.  If you start at the HS and head to EP with a loop thru the field out and back you can get in a 5.5 mile run.

You can park at SHS or in one of the East Providence lots – https://exploreri.org/gSiteReport2.php?siteID=68&src=siteList

Contact Pat LaChance for more information – pat.lachance@comcast.net

Seekonk Library
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/massachusetts/seekonk-sanctuary-via-seekonk-meadows
410 Newman Ave, Seekonk
Park in the library lot or just past the library at the Gammino Pond Loop Trail lot.  The latter fills up so it is suggested parking in the Library lot.
The trails are frequented by runners, walkers and pets so it is safe to run alone. No bikes are allowed.  Trail is easy to run and contains some small hills, very little rocks and roots. Little chance of getting lost – trails are marked.  The trail runs along the reservoir (you can see Slater Park across the water).  A big loop is about 2.5-3 miles.  Contact Pat LaChance for more information – pat.lachance@comcast.net

Watuppa Reservation – Westport

Watuppa Reservation


Wilson Road, off Route 24, Westport
It’s easy to get to, just off 195 in Fall River.  The trails are poorly marked and there’s no one there so don’t go alone. Able to run a 5.3 mile loop. The trails and terrain are very varied – wide or single track; flat and grassy, roots, woods and fields; maintained, unmaintained and dirt road; mostly flat.

RHODE ISLAND

Aquidneck Land Trust – Portsmouth

Sakonnet Greenway


The Sakonnet Greenway Trail (SGT), which now includes the new Little Creek Preserve loop, is the longest contiguous nature trail on Aquidneck Island at 10 miles long.
The trail in the pictures is perfect for beginners or an easy run.  Gravel paths loop around.  Two loops approximately 3 miles.  Part of Aquidneck land trust on High Street, Middletown.  The parking lot is located behind the Aquidneck Centre (CVS), 99 East Main Road, Middletown.

https://rirr401.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/aquideneck-trail2.jpg

https://rirr401.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/aquidneck-trail1.jpg

Lincoln Woods, Lincoln
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/rhode-island/lincoln-woods-trail
In addition to the 2.5 mile paved loop there is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail l that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 

Pardon Gray – Tiverton
https://exploreri.org/gSiteReport2.php?siteID=21&src=siteList
Parking is different for trail locations
Some of the trails led me to Weetamoo – lots of roots and stones.  Busy with people on a nice day.

Ryan Park – North Kingston

Ryan Park


Oakhill Road, North Kingston

Tillinghast Pond –  West Greenwich
https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/tillinghast-pond-management-area/
It’s considered Rhode Island’s largest forest area.  You can run as far as 13 miles throughout all of the loops or break it down and run shorter distances.  It’s not very technical so you can get some fairly easy trail running in.