||This cache has been placed as part of a cache exchange between Rhode Island and Germany. This cache was put together by * The Gerbils * from Hiddenhausen, Germany, and swapped with a cache assembled by us, BBWolf+3Pigs. Each cache contains items that represent the two, very distinct, locations. The listing for the cache in Germany is GCVH2K.
When trading, please try to include an item that truly represents the area you are from. When the German items are close to being depleted, the items traded in here will be swapped with items traded into the sister cache in Germany. So let's leave some nice stuff - we don't want to look cheap!
This walk will bring you to the Ashville Pond area in the Rockville Wildlife Management Area. I had intended to place it closer to the pond, but when I got to the above coordinates, I knew this was the place to put the cache. It is a very nice spot for a picnic, so bring a blanket and some food, and enjoy the spot. It is not much further to the pond, so I recommend the extra walk.
Park at PK below, and then walk along the Yellow Blazed Narragansett Trail. (Be sure to follow the blazes - there is what seems to be a side trail going off the main trail at one point, but dead ends quickly.) This will result in a hike of about 2.5 miles round trip. I was able to walk it in under an hour, but I was really going too quickly to enjoy the walk. For a shorter hike (~0.6 miles round trip), you can start out on Stubtown Road (P2) to the south of the cache. There is a trail head for the Narragansett Trail just before the road becomes private property. The trail shown on the topos coming in from the North does not exist! Reveritt and I started out on what was probably the trail, but within 50 yards it dissolved into heavy brush. Also, the trail indicated on the topos from the specified parking area are not correct - it is a little more curvy and a little longer.
This hike is described as part of the Long Pond - Ell Pond walk in Ken Weber's Walks and Rambles in Rhode Island. You can find maps at the DEM's Website.. Be sure to let someone know where you are headed, and bring a cellphone. An emergency card such a this one is also a good idea.
While in the area, check out Long Pond, East or my Blue Pond Cache