Trail Maps & Information by
The Hopkinton Conservation Commission, working together with the Rhode Island Association Of Conservation Commissions, the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District, the Hopkinton Land Trust and the Hopkinton Historical Association, has begun creating trail maps for the Public Access Trails in our town.
These valuable Community Resources offer the Public free access to year round recreation, a local drive from Hopkinton, and an affordable “Day Trip” destination from nearby Communities. As of this date, four maps have been published by HCC, and a fifth is a provisional map of The Nature Conservancy’s Canonchet Preserves, not yet open to the Public, but expected to be completed by July of 2014.
Put on your Hikers, some insect repellant if you DON’T want to also feed the bugs, forget about sprays if you are “Old School”, (Bugs Need Love Too!), and come on out and star in your own Nature Documentary!
Grills Sanctuary in Hopkinton, linked to Grills Preserve in Westerly
This trail system, containing miles of loops has been a popular destination, even in the brutal weather of February 2014. It has a large parking area, and two picnic tables, both with views. One is 100’ from where you parked your car, beside Tomaquag Brook. The other is ¾ of a mile in, atop a steep climb, near the binoculars Icon on the map. This portion of the Tomaquag Trail has extensive coverage on 5 web pages.
- Hiking Tomaquag Trail
- Four Season Community Recreation On Tomaquag Trail
- Grills Trail Bridge Progress
- Grills Preserve Trail Widening
- Dedicating Polly Coon Bridge
This trail system, Also a portion of the larger “boundary to Boundary Tomaquag Trail planned to cross Hopkinton from North to South, contains what might be a pair of rare Indigenous Archaeological Features. Possibly sculpted on the side of a large outcrop jutting from a 22’ vertical cliff, itself a rarity in Rhode Island, is “The High Cliff Cougar”. On the bottom plane is “The Man”. The location of this “destination” feature is shown in general terms, which will enable a hiker to find it within the outlined red circle.
What You Might See
The cougar, like a real cougar, is hard to spot, until you locate it. The first thing you have to do is locate the correct “High Cliff” Look for a sheer vertical surface projecting above a boulder strew talus slope. The correct area will have an innocent looking rock projecting out about 5’ from the top of the cliff.
Please see also the pages on The High Cliff Cougar.
The Kenyon Crossing portion of the Tomaquag Trail runs North / South. At this time the southern Trail Head is not functional, and the field may be occupied by cows or bulls. Please do not alter any gates. If they are open, leave them open. If closed, leave them closed. Do not leave the designated trail to trespass on Elmrock Farm Property, as you might end up being the only contestant in the “Running Of The Bulls – Tomaquag Version”. No Joke.
What You Might See
Cairns are believed to be a style of Narragansett sculpture. Here is a photo of a cairn sculpture depicting a turtle, an animal sacred to the Narragansett, and most other Indigenous Peoples of North America.
Please see Touring Tomaquag Valley and Lexicon.
Diamond Hill Swamp
The Diamond Hill Swamp portion of the Tomaquag Trail is a “Work in Progress”, but if you can follow a Trail Map through New England Wetlands Habitat, by all means have at it.