New map shows Big River trails – Providence Journal review

Environmental Journal

August 2, 2005

By Peter Lord

If recent news stories about efforts by the state police to use a tiny slice of the Big River Management Area for its new headquarters building have you wondering what exactly is in this 8,600-acre swatch of open space in West Greenwich and Coventry, Cliff Vanover has some answers.

Vanover, through Great Swamp Press in Carolina, has just published a topographic map of hiking trails and old roads within the management area.

Vanover said he literally walked each trail himself and marked the pathways with a global-position device. He imposed the pathways onto maps made with reference to U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps and various local maps and maps on the Rhode Island Geographic Information System.

The map, printed on waterproof paper that folds to pocket size, includes a larger scale image of Carr Pond and the surrounding trails and wetlands.

It is selling for $9.95 at various outdoor stores around the state.

Vanover, of Charlestown, has previously published a trail book for the North South Trail along the Connecticut border, and individual maps of the Arcadia Management Area, South County bikeways, Long and Ell Ponds, Pachaug State Forest and Carolina/ Burlingame.

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