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Mercy Woods

Cumberland, Cumberland Land Trust

6.0 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.

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In 2018 the religious order of Sisters of Mercy sold 229 acres of open space to the Town of Cumberland. 18 acres are to be developed into athletic fields and the remaining 211 acres will remain as undeveloped open space managed by the Cumberland Land Trust.

The yellow blazed Mercy Loop is relatively easy to walk with gently rolling trails about four feet wide. A vista overlooking the forest and reservoir is at the southeast tip of the trail loop. The section of trail between Sumner Brown Rd and Highland View Road was an apple orchard until the 1950's.

The blue blazed Ridge Trail is a more challenging walk with several steep ridges. The Ridge Trail has vistas at the southeast and northeast sections. Some of the Ridge Trail and most of the red blazed connecting trails are wide farmers cart paths. The athletic field area was formerly a dairy farm and the farmers cart paths connected cattle pastures and wood lots to the barns and farmhouse.

Dogs: Yes, must be leashed and waste removed by owner

Skiing/Snowshoeing: The trails are suitable for snowshoeing but not skiing

Getting There:

Highland View 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: This trailhead is on Highland View Road beside a field just before the Sisters of Mercy Administration Building.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 42° 0.581' N    71° 24.538' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Sumner Brown 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: This trailhead is on Sumner Brown Road, 200 yards from the junction with Wrentham Road (Route 121)

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 42° 0.881' N    71° 24.806' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Wrentham Road Spur 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: A spur on the east side of Wrentham Road between Sumner Brown Road and the State Line provides access to this trailhead. As of April 2019 the town is awaiting official permission from RI DOT to use this abandoned road for parking. Until such permission is forthcoming it may be wiser to park at one of the other trailheads.

Parking: Yes: On street, 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 42° 1.012' N    71° 24.919' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

Very nice trail

Submitted by: Anonymous; November 14, 2020; 8:14 pm

Cleanest trail I've been on in a while. No litter! Thanks fellow hikers. Delightful hike on yellow to blue to yellow trails with excellent trail markers. Despite over a dozen vehicles in parking lot, saw only 9 others walking the trails. Will come back.

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