Rhode Island Monthly Rhode Trips 2012 : Page 11

the stone remains of mills, stone cairns, farmhouses and fences from hundreds of years ago. To get there, take Route 102 north for ten miles, turn right onto Maple Valley Road, then take the second driveway on the left. Lace Up Those Hiking Boots MAKE YOUR WAY through some of the tallest wild rhododendrons in the state when you start the journey to Long Pond and Ell Pond in Hopkinton. They bloom in the summer, but even if you go in the winter, it’ll feel like the jungle. This is not a trail for kids or the out-of-shape: You’ll scramble up and down rocks for nearly the entire five-and-a-half-mile hike. Eventually, you’ll come to a fork pointing to Ell Pond on the right and Long Pond on the left. Take the time to explore both and take in the views. Then, head down the steep cleft and follow the stone walls. To get there, take Route 138 West, make a right onto Canonchet Road, then a left onto North Road. It will become a dirt road, and you’ll see the small parking area on your left. Another hike to build up to is the Pachaug Trail around BOSTON LIGHT TOUR Thinkstock Schedule: June to September Friday, Saturday, Sunday To order tickets: bostonharborislands.org/tour-lighthouse • 800-838-3006 2012 I RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY I RHODE TRIPS 11

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