Frenchtown Park: Hiking & Fishing
By guest bloggers the Rice family
If your short on time or looking to do a little fishing for Trout. You should check out Frenchtown Park in East Greenwich. The pond and trails are located behind the EG Parks Department building on Frenchtown road. Follow the driveway behind the building and you’ll find a large parking area.
Before we headed down the hill to Mill Pond we stopped at the trail-head sign. No paper maps were available just a trail system directory. I would suggest snapping a phone pic like I did so you can have some type of reference. This is not a huge area but there are a few side trails that loop or become dead ends. By looking at the map it appears a round trip hike will be about 3.0 miles.
We first passed Mill Pond which is small and almost square looking. I believe it’s man made by damming up the rivers that flow through it. East Greenwich stocks this small pond with Brown Trout. If you like small waterfalls there are a couple here that help control the water level of the pond with foot bridges that pass over them.
We continued to walk along the main yellow blazed Cotton Mill trail. Its almost flat here with a few roots and rocks to step over but nothing to serious.
It wasn’t long before we entered theFry Family Nature Preserve Trail. This is where we left the yellow trail, passed through a stonewall and onto the red loop. Here we found a nice bench to stop and take a break before we started our loop hike. Go right or left and you’ll end up back here where you can hop back on the yellow trail back to the pond.
Possibly a Native American burial site near the preserve
If your looking to fish, hike or just take the dog for a walk, this is a neat spot to explore, especially if your not looking to travel for some quiet time. This spot is just a few minutes off Main Street in downtown East Greenwich.