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Boyden Heights

East Providence, City of East Providence

1.0 miles of trail


Very Easy

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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.


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.

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.

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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.

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Dogs: Yes. Dogs must be on leashes and owners must pick up waste.

Bicycles: No. However, you may walk your bicycle through the property to access the bike path from the neighborhood

Getting There:

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

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

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

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


Nice scenery

Submitted by: Ken Magee ; November 6, 2022; 8:27 pm




Photo Credit: Ken Magee

Photo Credit: Ken Magee

Photo Credit: Ken Magee

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