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Blackall Family and Ballou Farm Preserve

Cumberland, Cumberland Land Trust

3.0 miles of trail

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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.

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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:

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This property was opened to the public in 2017. In 2018 the Cumberland Land Trust expects to acquire abutting lots which will increase this preserve to 200 acres. Also in 2018 more trails, presently marked as black dashed lines on the trail map, will be blazed and new trails will be created.

For most of the 20th century the Blackall family owned and farmed this property. The 18th C. family homestead is on Old West Wrentham Road. The western half of the Blackall property was sold and developed as Highland Corporate Park for the CVS corporate headquarters, apartments, and commercial office space. The eastern half of the property was conserved as open space. Much of the land north of the power lines was an apple orchard, now overgrown but a few apple trees still survive along the trails. Visitors can see remnants of the farming history in the impounded cattle ponds, cart paths, miles of well made stone walls, and a horse riding ring (yellow trail). The many stone walls kept separate the pastures, wood lots, and apple orchards.

Cumberland Land Trust website

Dogs: Yes, but must be leashed.

Getting There:

Power Line 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: This trailhead is at the (southern) junction of West Wrentham Road and Old West Wrentham Road. You can park in the grassy area under the power lines.

Parking: Yes: On street, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 59.293' N    71° 27.662' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Old West Wrentham 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 approximate address of this trailhead is 32 Old West Wrentham Road, Cumberland. There is an off-road gravel parking area beside road.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 4 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 59.612' N    71° 27.566' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

Nicely maintained trail

Submitted by: DarSi; July 18, 2021; 3:45 pm

Well marked and wide trails. Wear boots when visiting after rain, lots of deep puddles so we needed to turn around. Lovely and quiet!

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Alternate Trailhead

Submitted by: Chimmey; April 1, 2020; 11:39 am

I walked the trails on 4/1/20. They were a bit soggy, so hiking boots should be worn after wet weather. I also spotted a fox, just before he spotted me. It ran, so a I guess it wasn't rabid. I walk with a trekking pole (old ski pole) just for this purpose. In the past coyotes have gotten a little too close for comfort. I started my hike near the Cumberland Dollar Store (The old Bennies) just off Mendon Road. There's plenty of parking, so I think this is the best place to start, though I don't see any trailhead markings on the map. Just saying.

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