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Family Hiking: Diamond Hill Park

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Monday, October 14, as we explore this area together.

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Monday, October 14, as we explore this area together.

Once a former ski slope, the summit of Diamond Hill offers spectacular views of the Blackstone Valley and a fairly gradual climb for young and older kids to enjoy. Autumn is my favorite time to visit this park; each time I drive up to Cumberland for this hike I hope I’ll catch a “good foliage day”!

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Follow the paved path from the parking lot; it will lead you to a wooded path that comes right up against Fisher Road. Continue on the path to get to the summit (easily identified by the old ski lift footings). Return the same way, or take one of several paths to extend your hike. Just pay extra attention along the way; the trails here are unmarked and I’ve yet to find a map of the park.

DiamondHill2Diamond Hill is a great place to picnic and little ones will love checking out the small pond near the old band shell. In addition, from now until the end of October, you’ll see structures and signage for Haunted Hill, an annual scare fest that is best left to the older kids and adults.

We will meet in the parking lot at 10:30am and begin our hike promptly at 10:45am. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water, and/or a picnic lunch.

DiamondHill3For more information about the history of Diamond Hill, click here.

See you outside!

The Details
Where: Diamond Hill Park
Cost: Free
Bathrooms: port-a-johns
Hours: dawn to dusk
For more information, including directions: visit the RI Families in Nature website.

Rhode Island Families in Nature Hike: Join Rhode Island Families in Nature every month for a different hike created by and for families who want to spend more time outdoors, explore Rhode Island’s natural places, and reconnect with and reap the many benefits of nature.

photo credit: Jeanine Silversmith

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Written by Jeanine Silversmith