Hunts Mills, East Providence
City of East Providence
Description & Overview:
The trail starts near the small parking area by the gazebo just to the right of the Hunt House. The red blazed trail first leads down a small set of stone stairs then winds through an area known as the Terrace Garden. At different times of year there will be different shrubs and flowers in bloom here including mountain laurel. The red blazed trail then turns right into a short section of woods before crossing an access road. The trail then continues straight in the woods meandering slightly downhill toward the Ten Mile River. At the next trail blaze post, the red blazed trail turns to the left. Here on the right is a spot known as Sunset Rock. It tends to be a little overgrown in the summer months, but it offers a good view of the river the rest of the year. Continuing following the red blazed trail will lead you to the next set of trail blaze posts. Again at the river's edge is another spot to view the river. This spot is known as Otter Rock as there have been sightings of otters at this point. When the water levels are low on the river you will find inscriptions from the early 1900's on the rocks. The red blazed trail then leads south passing a chain link fence into the former fire department training area. You will soon see the remnants of the facility including the old fire tower that was used for training and an old tanker. The trail then passes the chain link fence again to the next trail blaze post. Turning right here will lead you to the large grass area behind the Hunt House. In this area behind the house there is a circle of granite blocks. These blocks represent where the carousel of the amusement park once stood. You then walk toward the gate between the house and the large stone building that was once the pump house (built in 1893) for the water department to the final highlight of the hike. The Hunts Mills Dam and waterfall. From here you then follow the road in front of the Hunt House to the point of beginning.
Hours: sunrise to sunset, open all year
Miles of Trails: 0.8 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Typical one person footpath
Trail Rating: Easy Explanation
Trail Rating Key
Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.
Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.
Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.
Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Dogs must be on leashes and owners must pick up waste.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Other Amenities: The John Hunt House is home to the East Providence Historical Society. The house is open to the public from March to December on the second Sunday of those months.
Trailhead Name: Hunts Mills Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: Trailhead is adjacent to a gazebo on the grounds of the historic John Hunt House off of Pleasant Street (RI Route 114 A) in the Rumford section of East Providence. The entrance road is on the right 0.2 miles south of the intersection of Route 114 (Pawtucket Avenue) and Route 114A (Pleasant Street).
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 6 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on February 22, 2017