What to do on a lovely fall day? Why not take a hike.
I’ve taken the new Rocky Point trail. It offers a great view of the bay, but I wanted something longer.
The Pawtuxet River trail, on the Warwick/Cranston line beginning at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet is great, but a bit wet and buggy after it rains. I had heard about the three-mile trail at Warwick City Park, a walk that can be done at a leisurely pace in just over an hour.
I drove to Buttonwoods Ave., took a left on Asylum St., parked the car and started down the one-way loop macadam trail, with instructions to keep left while bikes had the right lane. Of all the walk paths I have been on, this has to be one of the most scenic, cleanest and well-kept
Well marked, with frequent opportunities to sit on a bench and watch the activities in the bay, the walking path offers beautiful views of the bay and its coves. I spotted over a dozen egrets and dozens of ducks, plus a variety of other birds as I walked along the trail. Squirrels were busy gathering acorns from the oak forest, while the wind whistled through the pine trees.
City crews have done an excellent job removing trees and branches that had fallen across the path. The pathway is mostly shaded, except for a small stretch that adjoins the soccer and baseball fields and the dog park. A number of dogs of all sizes and shapes brought their humans of all sizes and shapes to the large, fenced-in area.
If three miles is a bit too much for you, you may enter the walk path at a number of locations. There are a number of benches along the route. About halfway through the trail you will find a cooler with bottles of water. A donation is requested.
Only one cyclist passed me, but I did meet a number of people walking and running the course, some coming from the opposite direction, which didn’t seem to matter, as there is plenty of room. I only noticed one empty water bottle, a gum wrapper and a few tissues, with most of the trash being properly deposited in strategically placed barrels. There shouldn’t be any trash on or near the trail, but a few people still have to be educated. I did see one cigarette butt, asking myself why a person out for exercise would stop to smoke.
The pathway could be enjoyed by people in a wheelchair, manual or electric. There are a few gentle slopes, but for the most part the trail is level.
The combination of a mixed forest, swamp and bay make for a perfect nature hike for Scout and school groups. I noticed one birdhouse built by the Buttonwoods Cub Scout Pack.
At a time when many municipal services have been cut and citizens have little expendable income, the Warwick City Park and pathway is a great asset to the city. Enjoy it!