By Guest Blogger Emily O’Donnell from Wakefield Denali
Burlingame, Charlestown, RI:
For this hike we ended up parking about a mile from the trailhead in a smallish dirt lot. On the way to the trailhead we saw 3 very large turkey vultures stalking in a tree above the road. They took off as we got closer but didn’t go far. The trailhead is well marked by a large sign “Burlingame Management Area” and another dirt lot.
There were tons of trees down throughout the trail from recent storms but someone clearly went through and cut and cleared most of them away. It starts out with a lovely little pine tree stretch then goes into some birch, beech, maple and oak. There is a nice pond in the first half of the trail where we saw a small group of Greater Scaup ducks and two Canadian Geese. The pond was a great stop for bird watching, and had a nice grassy spot that would be perfect for picnics in the summer.
As we continued on the trail, stone walls weaved their ways throughout the woods seeming to line the trail at some parts. It really is amazing seeing all the trees bent and broken but the stone walls still remain. Part of the trail is the North/South Trail which veers off after a while. We came across the Burlingame Management Area Canoe Campsite. It had a spot to tie the canoes down, a rope swing into the river and a nice campsite complete with fire pit, clothesline, and luscious grassy spot for a few tents. After the camp site, the trail twists back into the woods and with all the trees down it was tricky to stay on track. There was a little stream we passed that seemed to have been a smallish dam at one point with beautiful stone work. Overall, it was a pleasant hike that lasted about 2-2 ½ hours.