I was in Rhode Island a couple of weeks ago to pick up a boat of mine that was being repaired at Osprey Sea Kayak. They do a great job. I thought that as long as I had the day here, I would explore some of the area south of Fall River. I rang my buddy Jackson, who lives in Massachusetts south of Boston, and asked if he’d like to meet me for a hike. He agreed, and suggested that we check out Weetamoo Woods, a place he had wanted to visit for some time. So I drove over from Connecticut, and he drove down from Boston, and we met for a very nice hike of about 6 miles or so.
The trails in Weetamoo Woods are named for the color of the blazes that mark them—orange, yellow, blue, red, etc—although some of the trails were not especially well marked in places. To the north, the hike passes into the adjacent Pardon Gray Reserve. There the trail names appear to be drawn from geographic features (Cemetery and Ridge being the two of importance to this outing).
After visiting High Rock, walk back down to the Blue Trail and follow it west for a short distance to the Yellow Trail in a sort of hollow. Turn right and follow the Yellow Trail north. After crossing a small footbridge be alert for a sharp left turn in the Yellow Trail, about 100 yards beyond (2.2 miles). The Green Trail enters from the right and a side trail heads off straight. Turn left on the Yellow Trail descending a short distance to a large oak tree where it bends back to the north. Continue north passing an unmarked trail on the left (2.4 miles; leads to a dump). A second trail on the left is marked by a sign as South Trail (2.5 miles; it heads to parking along RI 77); this is one of the Pardon Gray Preserve Trails. At a third trail on the left (2.8 miles), you can pick up both the Cemetery Trail and Ridge Trail.
Weetamoo Woods and Pardon Gray Preserve
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Length: 6.5 miles (or shorter)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Configuration: mix of loop and out-and-back
Scenery: lovely oak-holly forest, old saw mill, cemetery, view from High Rock
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Pets: must be on a leash or under positive control