The Westerly and Hopkinton Land Trusts got together to build a 75-foot steel hikers' bridge across the Pawcatuck river, linking the 500+ acres on the Westerly side with nearly 700 acres on the Hopkinton side. This winter they added a causeway and bridge across Tomaquag creek to make hiking this thousand acre preserve even more accessible.
And in these days of the spring floods, it is wonderful to be able to walk these woods without hip waders. The swale of the Tomaquag is drowned entirely, but the bridge and causeway take you across to the granite hills on the northwest side. Every little spring and brook is burbling and there are frogs eggs in the vernal pools.
|The flooded swale of Tomaquag Creek|
|Looking back at Polly Coon bridge, spanning (most of) the Pawcatuck river|
|Is it a trail or a creek?|