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Diamond Hill Swamp

Hopkinton, Hopkinton Land Trust

0.5 miles of trail

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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.

Easy

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.

Moderate

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.

Difficult

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.

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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.

What’s There:

This property is located along the Hopkinton Land Trust north-south Tomaquag Valley Greenway. It connects the Grills Wildlife Sanctuary, to the south, to the Pelloni Preserve, to the north. Previously walkers had to use the roads to walk between these two properties.

The Tomaquag Brook wooded flood plain is the dominant property feature with mixed hardwood uplands along Tomaquag Trail. This is a rudimentary blazed trail without final clearing, signs or all-season stream crossings.

Formerly, visitors canoed and fished Tomaquag Brook from Old Swim Hole south to the Pawcatuck River, when farmers cleared and dairied much of the area along the brook 50 years ago. Fly fishermen considered it an excellent native trout fishery when the farmers kept the stream banks cleared.

The adjacent campground is collaborating with the Hopkinton Land Trust to develop and maintain the trail system for public use. Please respect the boundary with this private campground and leash your dogs on this property.

As of early 2014 obvious trailheads have not been cleared, nor have trailhead signs been installed.

Dogs: Must be on leash due to adjacent campground. Pick up dog waste.

Bicycles: Yes. There are several minor stream crossings where riders must carry bikes. Stay on path.

Other Amenities: There is an old swimming hole near Diamond Hill Road Trailhead but no one has cleaned or maintained it in recent years. Fishing for native trout and panfish but stream bank is brushy.

Getting There:

Ashaway Road 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 underneath the high tension power lines where they cross Ashaway Road (Route 216), approximately 700 feet southeast of the entrance to Holly Tree Campground.

Parking: Yes: On street, 2 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 24.838' N    71° 46.108' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Diamond Hill Road 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 approximately 150 feet west of the bridge over Tomaquag Brook.

Parking: Yes: On street, 2 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 25.12' N    71° 45.841' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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