by Benjamin B. Ames (Falcon Guides)
© 2014 Benjamin B. Ames/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This is a great day hike, especially if you live in the Providence area, which is only a 30 minute drive from this section of the mid-state trail. I've hiked this section three times and have found different areas to explore each time. The mid-state trail itself is clearly marked and a relatively easy hike. It becomes a little rocky between MA 16 and Southwest Main St. but nothing to strenuous. For a little more challenge explore some of the side trails. I would recommend a side trail that begins shortly after the trail head at MA 16 and travels west following the southern edge of MA 16 until diving south into the forest. While this trail is not blazed it does have a few stream crossings and is remote allowing for an excellent trek through the Douglas State Forest. The trail skirts the edge of the State Forest, through MA Department of Fish and Game areas , then turns east and meets back up with the mid-state near Southwest Main St. Watch for water (ice in the winter) in the many low lying areas, a good pair of waterproof boots are a good idea. Also a good idea is a map because there are few trails that cross this trail and it is easy to get lost. There is a descent map on the Douglas State Park web page and the topo map on Trails.com is quite handy. I saw a lot of deer and rabbit tracks so wildlife is quite active in this area. All in all a great day hike.
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