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Tips for hiking Handy Pond Conservation Area
This town-owned property between Albion and Manville is another of Rhode Island's better-kept secrets. Recently an Eagle Scout of Troop 711 Albion cleared trails here and mapped them as part of his project (see map link above). We started north of the main entrance by the pond opposite Mussey Brook Road. There is a pull-off large enough for two to three cars here. We started following a short segment of the blue-blazed trail to the dam. At the dam we turned left then right along the shore of Rochambeau Pond on the blue-blazed trail. The trail wanders up and down small hills between the pond and Old River Road. When we reached the end of the trail we turned right onto an old cart path with green blazes. (The main entrance is uphill and left at this point). We followed the cart path over an old dam and stream, staying left at the next intersection. We then found an old, presumably, family cemetery on the right. The headstones were small with no indication of names or dates. To the left were a pair of stone walls. It appears that there may have been an old road there at one time. After passing the power lines we continued following the green blazed trail as it wound through the leaf-covered woods with an occasional large outcrop. At the next intersection we continued to follow the green blazes. Soon we were crossing under the power lines again following green blazes for a bit until we reached a multi-trail intersection. Here the was a sign with an arrow and the word pond. We followed this trail to its end. Along this stretch on the right there is another outcrop. Some of us climbed it. Being mid-November and the leaves being all but gone there was a decent view through the bare trees. Below was the pond and in the distance we observed the towers near Diamond Hill. At the end of the trail it approaches neighboring residential properties. Please respect the private property and continue to the road bypassing the locked gate. When we reached the road we turned right and followed it to the cars. There are several more trails on this property and I will likely be back in the future to further explore it.
The AllTrails website has a description and map of a trail at Handy Pond Conservation Area.
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