Barden Reservoir

Providence , Rhode Island

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Scenic views on this route really come into prominence as soon as you head east on Hemlock Road and pass some extensive red pine groves. Midway into the hike, you’ll be treated to some full reservoir views, and then get to explore a massive stone spillway. Complete the loop by walking along a country lane past a historic cemetery and a farmstead, then heading back out to Central Pike. From the parking areas, continue walking up alongside the Central Pike to the west. At your first left, turn south onto Kate Randall Road, which quickly transitions to dirt. A red pine grove to the left (east) separates you from the reservoir in the distance. A brook crosses underneath the trail through a stone sluice at 0.3 mile. You’ll be traveling through mostly deciduous forest, with some pines mixed in with oak, swamp maple, and hickory.
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by Steve Mirsky (Falcon Guides)

Scenic views on this route really come into prominence as soon as you head east on Hemlock Road and pass some extensive red pine groves. Midway into the hike, you’ll be treated to some full reservoir views, and then get to explore a massive stone spillway. Complete the loop by walking along a country lane past a historic cemetery and a farmstead, then heading back out to Central Pike.

From the parking areas, continue walking up alongside the Central Pike to the west. At your first left, turn south onto Kate Randall Road, which quickly transitions to dirt.

A red pine grove to the left (east) separates you from the reservoir in the distance. A brook crosses underneath the trail through a stone sluice at 0.3 mile. You’ll be traveling through mostly deciduous forest, with some pines mixed in with oak, swamp maple, and hickory.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Providence
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: TOPO! New England
Driving Directions: Directions to Barden Reservoir

Recent Trail Reviews

11/15/2012
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This can be a nice little hike to suit certain needs. I'll try to give a few details first, and then some impressions. 1-The trail guide posted here is way out of date. 2) There really is no "trail", since the whole hike is on roads. Ignore the trail markings shown on the map from this site. Just follow the roads on the map & you'll be ok. 3) Nearly all of the land surrounding the route is either private property or owned by the city of Providence. There are No Trespassing signs all over the place on the Providence land, which is what makes the supposed trail impossible now, even if there was a trail in the past. 4- The directions to the trailhead are fine, but we found it easier to park on Kate Randall Rd. There isn't a trailhead, or a trail sign to speak of, so you could start the trail almost anywhere you please. Impressions: If you want to get out the door quick without needing much gear or preparation, this will get your outdoor fix. A couple hills will even get your blood pumping a little. There are nice views of the reservoir and the RI woodland. There are 3-4 neat historic cemeteries on the route as well. Even though the whole deal is on roads, much of it has a trail feel to it. Overall, I enjoyed it more than I thought I'd enjoy a road route. If you're a runner, you could run this whole route. I know I plan to soon.



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