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Trestle Trail–an undeveloped part in Coventry, RI

Lady slippers along the trail

We could have chosen an easier path to take our bike, but we wanted to explore and find out how much had gotten done on the Trestle Trail portion of the path that crosses over into Connecticut. A bridge was recnetly opened over the Quinebaug River, right at the RI-CT line, taking travelers into the Mooseup Valley State Park trail in Connecticut. The rail trail right of way is clear, and we had no risk of getting lost. The raised rail bed is quite high above the surrounding land in places.

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Coventry RI, searching for quiet

Moosup River, Coventry, RI

When we last visited this area, the state of RI was working on two bridges over the Moosup River in Coventry, RI. The bridge will eventually help connect this area to the popular Trestle Trail, although that day may be far in the future. We headed down Lewis Farm Road and found a place to park across the street from the closed section of the trail, where the bridge work is nearing completion.

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Trestle Trail, Coventry, RI


Along the Trestle Trail, Coventry Greenway, Washington Secondary Bike path, in Coventry,RI


We headed to Coventry, RI looking to enjoy multiple water views as we traveled this paved path that runs the width of Coventry, RI. Signs we saw called this trail the Trestle Trail, but with a little investigation, I learned that it is part of the Washington Secondary Bike Path.


Great water views on many portions of the trail in the Coventry section

The total distance from beginning to end runs mostly east to west, beginning in Cranston, then through Warwick, ending near Rt. 102 in Coventry, presently a total of 19 miles. Plans for extension of the trail farther west are under design, but when we visited we saw no sign of any work beginning.


Some nice road cuts offered views of local rock along the way, and generous amounts of shade on a warm summer’s day

We pedaled only the Coventry section of the trail, which offered lots of shade, and lovely water views as we crossed bridges


Great water views next to the trail

and  pedaled alongside reservoirs adjacent to the trail.


The bridle path on the Coventry section offers opportunities to ride separately from bikes for most of the trail, along with generous-sized parking areas, some designated strictly for equestrians

This trail was built to accommodate horses as well, with a dedicated bridle path beginning in Coventry and headed west, staying almost completely separate from the paved path to the present western end.


Ski jumping, anyone?

Two oddities caught our eye as we traveled. The first was a ski jump in the middle of an area filled with motor boats. I would not volunteer to go off one of these things, but for a younger generation, it would certainly offer an added challenge to any water skiing adventure.


Diving board, tempting passersby along the bike trail

The second was the diving board tucked into a small pond/swimming area adjacent to the trail. The depth of the water was not obvious, and I would not advise putting the board into use, but seeing the diving board made me smile, bringing back memories, for me, of diving with my high school swim team many moons ago.


A challenging bend in the canoe ramp, which ends up thick in the weeds

We spotted one “engineering gone awry” along the trail, a solidly constructed, handicapped accessible canoe put in, with a bend in  one end that would make carrying a canoe or kayak a neat trick, unless one shifted the craft from hanging down to balanced over one’s head. Well-intentioned, the end along the shoreline dumped would- be paddlers into heavy brush, rather than headed the opposite direction where the shore was less overgrown.

We saw few fellow travelers on our way west to the end of the trail, but as we pedaled closer to Warwick, more walkers and bikers joined us on a sunny afternoon. The farther east we went, the less shade we found too.


Rhode Island Bird Atlas survey route, sign spotted while pausing to enjoy ice cream along the trail

We were grateful for the country store at the western end of the trail, which offered “made for you” grinders, and cold ice cream. We opted for the ice cream, and spotted this sign on the tree next to where we stopped to eat our treat before it melted. For more information about this bird atlas, and to volunteer, check the group out here.


The Flat River is not so flat at this spot alongside the bike trail

As we headed back, we spotted a neat view of the Flat River where the river was not so flat, with rushing rapids that hurried past an old mill that clearly once used the river as a source of power.


Great blue heron hunting in the Flat River, alongside the trail

A great blue heron perched next to what was long ago a water intake for the mill.


The heron grew tired, or disliked how we were looking at him. Regardless, off he went

Whether he spotted us or simply grew tired of waiting for another meal, he soon headed off to find a better hunting spot.


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Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.

She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.

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