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Boyden Heights, East Providence

City of East Providence

Description & Overview:

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Boyden Heights is an East Providence Conservation Commission property that overlooks a cove and the Providence River. The trailhead starts at a small parking area on Boyden Boulevard. There is a red blazed loop trail, a blue blazed "lollipop" loop trail, as well as a spur that leads to the bike path. One of the highlights of Boyden Heights is the dock that reaches out into the cove. Swans, ducks, and several other species of birds, including orioles, yellow finches, and woodpeckers are commonly seen here. Across the cove, the clubhouse of the Squantum Association is the most predominant structure. It was built in 1900 replacing the 1873 structure. The property also abuts the East Bay Bike Path, if you wanted a walk of more distance you could follow the bike path south to the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse or to the north toward Watchemoket Cove.

City of East Providence website, trail maps page

Hiking blog featuring East Providence properties

Trail Safety Information

What's There:

Hours: sunrise to sunset, open all year

Miles of Trails: 1 mile

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.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: Yes

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. However, you may walk your bicycle through the property to access the bike path from the neighborhood

Is Hunting Permitted? No

Bike Paths:

For driving directions see the trailheads information below.

Bike Path Access: Accessible from the East Bay Bike Path, just south of the Squantum Club


Trailhead Name: Boyden Boulevard Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 47.372' N    71° 22.182' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

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Driving Landmarks: Off of Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence near the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway. Follow Pawtucket Avenue south three blocks to Boyden Boulevard. Follow Boyden Boulevard to bottom of hill and trailhead will be on the right by a small parking area.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 3 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


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This site report was last updated on February 22, 2017

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