What’s really there? Tracking down Quonset Bike Path/Calf Pasture Bike Path

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A private spot alongside Narragansett Bay, at the end of the bike trail

We have learned over the years to read skeptically on-line reports of where bike paths are located, and how to find parking. The best way to really understand what is available is to get out and see for ourselves. We found some delightful surprises along these two trails, the Quonset and Calf Pasture bike paths in North Kingstown, RI, including the discovery that they are in essence one continual bike path with two names.

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Finding parking–often a challenge when seeking out bike trails

The first challenge was locating parking, since Newcombe Road in North Kingstown, RI offers no parking, making access to the clearly visible bike path puzzling. We figured out that the Shoppes at Quonset Point, just north of Rt. 403 on Rt. 1, offered plenty of parking next to Homegoods, near the start of the path.

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The trail skirts the back of the business park the Quonset Point

Once on the bike trail, we just kept on pedaling–no roads cross the 2.5 mile trail as it goes alongside Newcombe Road out toward Calf Pasture Nature Area and Allen Harbor. Bunnies and groundhogs seemed plentiful alongside the trail, finding lots of grass and flowers to munch on.

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Entrance to Calf Pasture nature area, Allen Harbor views coming up

The Quonset Bike trail ends at Marine Road. But a simple left turn onto Marine Road took us immediately to another parking area at the edge of Calf Pasture Nature area, (with a porta-potty next to the parking!)

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White herons perched, overlooking Allen Harbor

and a walking/biking paved trail that soon offers views of Allen Harbor.

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On the north side of Allen Harbor, path along the shore leads off to the left–but can be flooded at high tide

Pedal a little farther and a wide fire road leads out to the north side of Allen’s Harbor. It also allows for access to a half mile beach walk out to Calf Pasture Point and finally Calf Pasture beach.  Beware, however, that this walk along the shore floods at high tide.

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Lovely quiet spot on the west side of Narragansett Bay

We pedaled along the fire road out to Allen’s Harbor, but did not try to walk our tandem bike along the shore to Calf Pasture point. Instead, we kept to the paved bike trail and soon reached the private beach area, which offered nice views of Narragansett bay.

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End of the bike trail with access to the beach. No public parking available, so arrive by foot, by bike, or be lucky enough to live in the adjacent neighborhood

This small beach area is only accessible by neighbors who live right next to Narragansett Bay, or those who walk or pedal along the bike trail. No public parking is available at this beach access.

On our next trip we plan to bring a picnic lunch and  enjoy some quiet time at the shore. But this trip was an explore, what we’ve come to learn is often required to figure out what is really available, and how we can best make use of the great public resource that these bike trails have become. And this is surely on our “Let’s come back here,” list. We never know what we’ll find. But my hope is that this gives you a little more information, and encouragement to get out to explore yourself. And don’t forget to pack your lunch! You might even want to wear your swimsuit.

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Skittish critters, these otters, they moved fast; tough to photograph, but delightful to watch

(PS: and while we were down this way, we stopped at nearby Wickford Harbor–and spied three baby otters–such a treat!

Marjorie

beech cliffs 2018Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed three guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,”  “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts,”  and edited “Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! Marjorie is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Paddles-River-Watershed/dp/1985377012

 

 

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