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New Coventry trail honors memory of late educator

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  • Access: Take Route 117 west through Coventry center and turn left on Stone Gate Drive. Turn right and proceed to the end of Bramblebush Road at a kiosk.
  • Parking: Available for several cars at the trailhead.
  • Dogs: Allowed, but must be leashed.
  • Difficulty: The blue-blazed trail is easy. The yellow-blazed and the white-blazed trails are moderate to difficult.

COVENTRY — The opening of a new trail is a cause for celebration for the volunteers who built it, the donors and officials who preserved the land, and the hikers who get to enjoy another walk in the woods.

Last month, the Coventry Land Trust opened a short, new trail that runs over a heavily forested hilltop and connects to an existing network of trails in the Beaudoin Conservation Area.

The path winds through former farmland, crosses Quidnick Brook and passes giant erratics left behind from the Glacial Age. There’s quite a bit of history, too. A side trail leads to an old mill site after crossing a bike path built on a raised railroad bed.

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Quidnick Brook and its tributaries flow through the Beaudoin and Neylon conservation areas, whose trail network now connects with a new trail honoring the late educator Janice L. Sullivan.

I missed the dedication of the trail, which attracted 50 supporters to the new 95-acre Janice L. Sullivan Conservation Area, named for a Coventry public school teacher and principal who died in 2017 after a nine year fight with cancer. Her brother, Fred Schick, donated the property in her memory.

Earlier this month, though, I explored the new preserve on a clear, warm early-fall morning. I enjoyed the hike.

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