Drove to this State Highpoint. Was a long drive from Mount Greylock to bag this one. Strange hobby I have. HP #27.
Very nice of the Mosely's to keep everything so pleasantly maintained.
Well Marked and maintained, very glad they allow visitors. Would have said hello if I saw them.
My dog Spanky and I met Jeff Mosley (he and his wife own the property that must be crossed). He greeted us warmly - Nice guy! Twas a beautiful sunny day.
Bagged HP #27 on our way home from climbing Katahdin. Beautiful day and a quick walk to the HP. : )
2nd HP in the same day...
We went to the side post!!
Back when the landowners were real nasty about visitors. Went on an 'open date'.
This was our 5th highpoint of our NE road trip. This is a beautiful part of the country.
My daughter and I visited this during our highpoints quest in the mid 1980s -- it was ungated and unmarked back then, and there was not enough interest in highpoints to cause the access problems that came in the 1990s with increasing highpoint tourism! This was our 15th of my 49 state high points.
I know, I know...it gets old.
I visited this lovely spot on a rainy day. A big thank you to the Mosely's for the sweet trail to the big rock. I really liked that Great Laurel at the start.
Before heading to the airport to return home, my wife and I picked up one last New England highpoint.
My first attempt on 3/26/95 was aborted when we were threatened by the previous landowner. I only found out later about the issues with access to the highpoint. Returned in '98 and followed a route across adjacent land.
Been there several times; first one being the Labor Day open access date in 2000. Got my 6th highpoint with my daughter (her first). Been back there several times since, including bringing my son to his first highpoint - at about 3 months old!
Rhode Island's mighty Jerimoth Hill sits on land owned by Brown University on which they have built supports for telescopes and such for astronomical observation. Until 3 months ago (July 2005), however, the access to the spot from Rt 101 was across a very short strip of private land and only Brown University had the legal right to use it.
The owner -- a 70-year-old, flamboyantly-gay music teacher to some of the small children in the neighborhood -- was reputed to have frequently driven off innocent Highpointers at gunpoint. The story is told of a Boy Scout troop and its leaders being forced to lie face down in the dirt for 45 minutes waiting to be arrested for trespassing by the bemused local Ocean State constabulary.
This past July, however, to the delight of Highpointers the world over, the property was sold to Jeff and Debbie Mosley who have an entirely different view of things. With the help of the now-recovered Boy Scouts and the Highpointers Club the Mosley's have built a little stone pathway from the highway to the sainted highpoint of the great state of Rhode Island.
On September 24, 2005 when I showed up, I was met by Jeff Mosley who was fantastically solicitous. The RI highpoint ain't much, but meeting and talking to Jeff Mosley made the trip well worth while.
One of the things Jeff told me was that Rhode Island has a pair of nesting Bald Eagles on a little island or such in the Scituate Reservoir, just off Rt 116. He said that there often were people standing on a platform with telescopes, as well there might be for such a sight, but I drove around the entire reservoir and could see neither hide nor hair of eagles or oglers. The National Wildlife Magazine confirms this phenomenon but gives no information about how to locate the birds. If anyone knows something about this, I'd love to hear from them.
Directions to Jerimoth Hill, RI
Take I-395 in Connecticut to exit 93 (101, Dayville, E. Killingly)
Take Rt 101 East 5.4 miles:
Past/over two little lakes
Ascend Jerimoth Hill
At the top of the hill, on the left, is a sandy pull-off marked with large rocks in front of a large cell/radio tower.
Across the street is the "trailhead", a white stone path marked with a prominent Highpoint sign.
Since it is now accessable on weekends, decided to drive there, and check it out. Sure enough the gate was open. (9am) So I just walked to the end of the path, where there is a small sign in the grass to the right, left by highpointers club. Nobody came out and said anything. Took some pictures, and left.
All I can say, is that the landowners here, are too anal about their property. They threatened to call the state troopers on me and my friends.
Visited this state highpoint when I happened to be travelling in the area anyway.
Hiked circuitous route to avoid the property of a landowner who didn't wish to grant access.