I took a few hours the other evening to do a stroll through some tame woods in Foster, RI. The property was left to the Town Land Trust some years ago, and has recently had its old roads and game trails blazed.
The map is here.
No major elevations, just a stroll through some woods that recently were farm – you can still see stone walls, a few cellar holes, and a mill site, straddling the sleepy little Poneganset River.
Once I got to the river, I left the “official” trail and kept to a less worn trail (probably the old road) along the river. Across the river were several fords; the land on the other side is RI DEM land, probably used exclusively by hunters.
Hearing thunder in the distance, on a hot sticky evening, I started trying to make my way back. Minus the map, I dead-reckoned my way to a path that led to a hayfield, where I made my way along the edge.
The storm was moving in, so I picked up the pace, coming eventually to Winsor Rd, a twisty country lane in Foster, and back to the car.
I’ll head back sometime to complete the trails, and definitely hit the place in the winter for snowshoeing.