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Length: 3.5 miles paved, 5 miles total.
Grade: Flat, slight gain in elevation going east to west.
Trail condition: Good to excellent on paved section. Unpaved sections passable by mountain bike
or hybrid with wide tires, or on foot. Three bridges are closed for redecking and slated to open in late 2003.
Special characteristics: This path is an abdonded rail corridor, formerly called the Washington
Secondary line, and was built in 1840 to connect Providence with New York. Sections of old track and swtiches
were left for historical reference. Most of the barriers and fencing are made of the old wooden ties, salavaged
when the rails were removed.
Natural attractions nearby: Boating and fishing in the Pawtuxet River and Johnson's Pond, ball fields
and recreation center, Whipple Conservation Area.
Historical attractions nearby: Gen. Nathaniel Greene Homestead, Read School House, Paine House,
old mill villages.
Services nearby: Deciantis Ice cream shop, library, schools, Town Hall, Greenway Cycles Bike Shop, restaurants.
Directions: From Route 95, take Exit 10 to Rte. 117 west. Follow about six miles to a right on Station Street
in Coventry. Parking on the left after Washington Fire Station. (Alternative is Exit 7, bear right on New London
Turnpike, left at stop sign onto Arnold Road. Cross Rte. 3 and proceed straight to intersection with Rte. 117.
Take left and look for Station Street about a mile on the right.
Additional parking information: Follow Rte. 117 west past Family dollar shopping plaza, recreation center and Deciantis ice
cream shop. Sign for parking is on the left.
General orientation map
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GARI Committee Chairwoman Sue Barker
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