Guided Hike — Neutaconkanut Hill

(1.4) That’s downtown Providence in the far distance. Everyone who has ever climbed to the top of Neutaconkanut Hill has taken this exact same picture. At 296 feet above sea level, the hill is the highest point in Providence, with 88 acres of trees and fields, interspersed with valleys, ravines, glacial boulders, stone walls, fresh water springs, and brooks.

From this promontory you can see the Superman Building, the Cranston Street Armory, the Manchester station smokestacks. But there is plenty to enjoy within the park and this Saturday the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy (NHC) will be hosting a guided tour. You may even spot a fox cruising through, turkeys, and even the occasional deer. (Facebook event.)

Dress for the day’s weather – be sure to wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes. This walk is suitable for all ages. Little ones must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Dogs on a leash are also welcomed. Insect repellent is recommended year round as a precaution against ticks which carry Lyme Disease. There are no public restrooms on site.

According to the NHC website, the Great Hill of Neutaconkanut was the northwest boundary in the land agreement between Roger Williams and the Narragansett Sachems.

Any cancellations will be posted on the NHC Facebook page on Friday, the day before the hike. Meet at 120 Killingly Street at the NHC Map Kiosk; there is ample parking at the baseball field parking lot.

Weather permitting, the NHC will hold these guided hikes on the first Saturday of every month.

10am to noon, Saturday, January 4, 120 Killingly Street, (directions)

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There is a large clearing at the top of the hill which I had all to myself this morning. It was completely silent except for the rustling of the dead leaves in the trees, and it felt like that scene in the movie “Blow-Up” where David Hemmings is taking pictures of the couple and maybe sees a body.

And can we say a few words in praise of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)? Over 80 years ago — here and elsewhere around the city — those crews laid down concrete walkways and stairs that are barely even cracked today.

 

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