Flintlock Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Flintlock Trail is a 4.1 mile out and back trail located near West Greenwich, Rhode Island that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

wildlife

bugs

Tillinghast Pond's first trail, highlighted by an old farm, a cemetery, and a boulder garden. The Flintlock Trail takes its name from a 19th century cart path that connected Plain Road to small farm, back in the woods. The trail is blazed yellow, and accessed via the Pond Trail, from the south end of the parking lot. Heading east from the trail junction, note the parallel tracks worn in the ground by a century of horse-and-wagon traffic. The old trail is even clearer where it passes through a gap in a stone wall, indicating that the land was once pastured. About a half mile down the trail, a historic cemetery tells the story of the Ellis family, who farmed the area before the Civil War. Just past the cemetery, the trail winds through the old farmstead, which The Nature Conservancy partially opened up for songbird habitat in 2010. Previous owners of property lived here into the late 1980s, before it was abandoned. The trail turns left at a small farm pond, which was re-engineered as a family swimming hole in the 1970s. Leaving the clearing, the trail passes through a grove of majestic white pines along a wide path covered with soft needles. A side trail offers a look at a larger, secluded pond, which beavers help maintain today. After a half-mile on this wide lane, the trail curves left into the woods, slipping past a red maple swamp. Climbing out of the lowlands, the Flintlock Trail emerges into open woods, where slow-growing oaks are giving way to more vigorous white pines. At the top of a hill, hikers have a choice: check out more of the old pasture to the right or turn left and explore a boulder garden. Either way, this mile-long segment ends where Flintlock rejoins the Pond Trail. Continue straight ahead to complete a 3-mile loop, or turn right for a longer hike around Tillinghast Pond.

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1 month ago

great well-marked trail. different scenery from open fields, ponds, streams, dense pine.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a network of very enjoyable trails with my dog in tow. I forgot to record my hike but I essentially took several trails to make a large loop (white, orange/white, blue/yellow, yellow, white) back to the parking lot. Very scenic and i'd say the easier side of moderate. Very well maintained with maps located throughout trail intersections so you can't get lost. Saw a nice pond, an old cemetery, a 'boulder garden', some meadows, nice thick pine forest. I will certainly be back!

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Its a nice trail with a foundation and cemetary. In summer theres very little cover from the sun so if you have a heat sensitive dog I would pass it over until its cooler.

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6 months ago

Monday, October 31, 2016