Wilcox Park Letterbox (1 box)
This stroll (we can't honestly call it a hike) will take you on a pleasant one kilometer loop around Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island. For those of you who have considered boxing at night, this one makes a good candidate. Wilcox Park has excellent lighting and well-maintained paths (mostly paved or cobbled). As further incentive to try this one at night, you can see the hiding spot of the box very easily from a distance, and the park tends to have a fair number of people in it on a typical day.
We do not have a "trail map" per se for Wilcox Park, but we have something just as good in this case; a one-meter resolution satellite photo of the park, with the trails clearly visible. Just to help you get your bearings, you will enter the park between the four dark rectangles that form a larger split rectangle, at the lower left of the image.
Park along the street, across from the Westerly town hall. Enter the park and head northeast. After a few seconds you will come to stand before the water-bearer. From here, head left (NW) to begin your clockwise loop around Wilcox Park.
Stay to the right as you admire the beautifully manicured garden, heading toward the gazebo and then to the pond. When you reach the pond, turn left to walk around it clockwise. Walk along the edge of the pond until you reach the start of a small section of chain link fence on your right.
From here, the path turns to dirt and comes immediately to a "T" intersection with another dirt path. At this intersection, leave the path to walk straight toward the wooden fence just ahead. Follow the fence to the left (NE) to its end.
From the end of the wooden fence, walk 25 paces at 30° to stand between a tree and the north end of a long low pile of rocks. Move the medium-sized rock covering the obvious hole between the third large rocks from both the front and back. Claim your prize.
Walk back down to the nearest dirt path and follow it left (S), over the hill and down the steps. Cross the stone bridge(?) and bear right. Bear right again. At the four-way intersection of paths, go straight (W) until you come back to the fountain. Now proceed left (SW) back to your car.
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