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Esek Hopkins Recreation Area

Scituate, Scituate Land Trust

1.2 miles of trail



Very Easy

Trails that are smooth and relatively level with no steps, no roots, stones or uneven ground. These may be paved, crushed stone, continuous boardwalk and similar surfaces. These trails have a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.


Relatively flat and smooth trails with a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.


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.


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.

Hunting is not allowed here but it is permitted on nearby land. Wear blaze orange during hunting season. More information

Click on the "Trail Map (PDF)" button to download a PDF of the trail map that you can print and take with you on the trail.

Avenza maps are special, free maps that you can use in the Avenza app on your smart phone. These maps let you see your location on the map as you walk. Download the Avenza App for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play

Click on the Avenza Trail Map button to "purchase" the free map for this trail from the Avenza map store. If this is your first time, Avenza will ask you to set up an account to check out. However, all Avenza trail maps listed on ExploreRI are free.

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.

What’s There:

The trailhead is to the right of and behind the softball field adjacent to the parking lot. There are two main loop trails blazed blue and white with a yellow blazed crossover trail. The trails wander through the thick fern-filled forest with tall pines and oaks. Old fire roads and stone walls crisscross the property as well. The longer blue loop climbs over the aptly named "Huckleberry Hill," and the shorter white trail traverses low-lying areas offering glimpses of mushrooms, mosses, and a seasonal stream. There is also an old quarry along the yellow blazed crossover trail worth checking out. The Town of Scituate leases the property, which is owned by the State and managed by the local Conservation Commission and Land Trust. Trail and timber restoration is underway after a timber salvage operation to remove dead trees due to gypsy moth infestation. Be sure to follow the marked trails. There are several spur trails that lead to private property, including off-limits Providence Water reservoir land that allows seasonal hunting.

Scituite Land Trust web page for Esak Hopkins

Dogs: Dogs are to be leashed at all times

Other Amenities: There is a playground next to the parking lot and a port-potty during the summer.

Getting There:


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
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of

Driving Landmarks: The entrance is on Battey Meetinghouse Road, just south of the junction with Danielson Pike. The State Police barracks are on the other side of Danielson Pike at this junction.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 49.75' N    71° 36.266' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


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This site report was last updated on September 6, 2021

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