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Edward D. Vock Conservation Area

Burrillville, Burrillville Land Trust

1.0 miles of trail

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May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.

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Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

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In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

Trail Sign

What’s There:

The Bobcat Loop tail is a one mile loop trail in the Edward D. Vock Conservation Area owned by the Burrillville Land Trust - a non-profit, private land trust in the Town of Burrillville. The loop trail begins at the trail head along Jackson Schoolhouse Road, in Pascoag, RI. The trail quickly moves through what use to be one of Rhode Island's original Tree Farms with a tree farm designation of #5. Hikers will see planted rows of old pines - some over 100 feet tall. The elevation increases as the trail goes along a glacial esker - a big linear pile of glacial outwash, mostly gravel and sand. On the far side of the esker is Leland Brook - the first of two water crossings. Leland Brook is part of the Leland Watershed and connects to the Clear River, the Branch River, and eventually the Blackstone River leading to Narragansett Bay. After the crossing look for depressions in the soil. People long ago dug up granite erratics - taking the sculpted stone away and leaving the hole behind and intact. About half way is Fox’s Rock - a ledge out crop with a good view of the woodlands below. Be on the lookout for Rock Fern that grows between the crevices and Rock Tripe Fern that grows on the rock ledge. Rock Tripe Fern gets its nutrients directly from the rock. 3/4 of the way through you will cross the second water crossing. This is Carp Pond. The earthen damn was hand dug by Edward D. Vock and Carp placed in the pond for food. After the earthen damn crossing on your right is the beginnings of the American Chestnut orchard. The land trust is the first in the area to naturalize what we hope are disease resistant American Chestnut. American Chestnut grew all throughout this region. Remnants, known as sprouts, still pop out of the ground from existing tree stumps. Take a right onto Jackson Schoolhouse Road as the hike continues back to the trail head and parking. The pond on your left is Vock’s Pond created by Mr. Vock to help power a small saw mill that is below the damn to your right. Be sure to read the sign honoring the family and especially Edward D. Vock.

Burrillville Land Trust web page for the Vock Conservation Area

Dogs: Dogs should be leashed or have some type of protective collar so they don’t attack or chase after the resident wildlife. Hikers must clean up after their dogs and take it with them once they leave the area.

Horses: parking capacity is for 3 trailers. Must get in touch with the Burrillville Land Trust ahead of time (email paul@paulroselli.com). A donation is required - any amount)

Getting There:

Bobcat Loop Trail Trailhead

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The trailhead is at the corner of Olney Keach Road and Jackson Schoolhouse Road in Pascoag, RI. The trailhead is clearly marked with a trail head sign and the trial with round silver metallic markers that that contain a silver colored hiker against a green background.

Parking: Yes: On street, 4 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 57.232' N    71° 44.567' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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