Rhode Island October 06, 2018
This 4-Mile Hike In Rhode Island Will Surround You With The Most Vibrant Autumn Colors
Hiking in autumn is a favorite activity in Rhode Island. Now that the leaves are starting to change, take a break from our stunning coastline and head inland to enjoy being surrounded by a new kind of scenery. Flintlock Trail is a 4-mile hike where enticing pond views are just the beginning.
The Flintlock Trail is located in the Tillinghast Pond Management Area in West Greenwich. Hike the trail any time of the year for wonderful scenery but during the fall the views become accented with the golden hues of autumn. The trail got its name from a 19th-century cart path that used to run through the area. VIew the parallel tracks worn into the ground from over a century's worth of old-fashioned wagon wheels crossing the terrain.
As the leaves begin to change, the trail takes on an enchanting quality with trees towering overtop. The canopy is dark pine brightened with the vibrant foliage of the non-evergreen leaves. Follow the yellow blazes to keep on track in the 2,000-acre preserve.
Journey along to take a step back in time. Explore the foundations of old buildings, stone pasture walls, and even a historic cemetery. The small graveyard details the history of the Ellis family who farmed the land prior to the Civil War.
Enjoy spending some time in the natural boulder garden. These monumental rocks are the perfect spot to take a break. Peek up into the treetops to discover sunlight filtering through the colorful canopy. There's no shortage of scenery on this trail.
Enjoy the radiant foliage reflected in the water of the pond. There is also a red maple swamp that is sure to be a photo-worthy spot this time of year. Enjoy the season and all of its bright colors on this 4-mile easy inland trail.
Find the Tillinghast Pond Management Area and the Flintlock Trail at 100 Plain Rd.,
West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Learn more by visiting their
Have you ever hiked the Flintlock Trail? Share your experiences and photos in the comments section below or in our
Rhode Island Nature Lover’s Group on Facebook. Another way to enjoy the fall scenery of the Ocean State is aboard this scenic two-hour train ride.