John Kostrzewa, Providence Journal

John Kostrzewa

Providence Journal

Providence, RI, United States

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Past articles by John:

Stroll through industrial history in Slatersville, America's first planned mill village

Slatersville’s success proved that mills and villages could be created outside cities, opening up the Blackstone Valley for industrialization. → Read More

Take a refreshing winter hike by a peaceful stream at Tucker Woods Preserve in Charlestown

A tranquil brook runs through this 66.5-acre public preserve, where you might catch sight of otters, beavers, woodpeckers and maybe a bald eagle. → Read More

Find peace on a hike at Cumberland preserve once owned by Sisters of Mercy: Walking RI

The 243-acre outdoor sanctuary in Cumberland was once a place of prayer and reflection for the Catholic order the Sisters of Mercy. → Read More

Get away from it all in remote woodland of Black Hut Management Area: Walking RI

The hardwood forest includes a wildlife marsh, abandoned quarries, a mysterious underground hut and an old youth camp on the shore of Spring Lake. → Read More

See rugged coastline and 100-year-old ruins at Narragansett's Black Point: Walking RI

Near Scarborough Beach, stone wall ruins overlooking Narragansett Bay are all that's left of a 100-year-old estate paid for by a painkilling elixir. → Read More

Spot ospreys and eagles at Haile Farm Preserve, once a key spot for agriculture: Walking RI

The coastal marshland in Warren nurtured both the Pokanokets and the English settlers who displaced them. Now, it's a spot to bird-watch and unwind. → Read More

Coming in spring 2023: New recreation area on former YMCA camp in Smithfield

Closed to the public for now, Camp Shepard is slated to reopen next spring as a recreation area for hiking and other outdoor activities. → Read More

Hike through unique Ice Age terrain at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park: Walking RI

At Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, explore a moraine, a kettle pond, erratics and other features created by massive ice sheets thousands of years ago. → Read More

What's missing from Tiverton's Basket Swamp? A key tree for Native peoples

Take a 90-minute hike at Basket Swamp, which once was filled with black ash trees used by Natives to make baskets, snow shoes, canoes and more. → Read More

Hike along the Narrow River at former Girl Scout camp in North Kingstown: Walking RI

The former Girl Scout camp, now owned by the Nature Conservancy, offers wetlands, towering spruce trees and a scenic beach overlooking Narrow River. → Read More

Walking RI: Drought bares hiking trails often under water near Brushy Brook in Exeter

After seasonal rain storms or beaver activity, Brushy Brook can overflow its banks and flood the surrounding the area. That's not true this year. → Read More

Hike the 'Big Hill' in Cumberland, where skiing was once a favorite winter pastime in RI

"The Big Hill' was home to two ski areas from the 1930s to the '80s. Now, you can get a workout climbing up the 481-foot hill instead of sliding down. → Read More

Walking RI: Discover a hidden gem of forest, ponds and wetlands in Little Compton

A 4-mile walk at John Whitehead Preserve winds through meadows, ponds and wetlands that host a variety of native plants and abundant wildlife. → Read More

Spectacular bay views and Colonial and tribal history at Mount Hope Farm: Walking RI

Bay and bridge vistas await at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, a former homeland of Pokanoket Nation that once hosted a Founding Father. → Read More

Walking RI: Discover why hikers and anglers love the 'wild and scenic' Beaver River

Part of the federally protected Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the Beaver River in Richmond is a lovely place to spot wildlife, fish or take a walk. → Read More

Walking RI: Follow in the footsteps of Trappist monks in Cumberland

The sanctuary's 7.5 miles of trails offer both a peaceful spot for contemplation, and what is believed to be the nation's oldest veterans' memorial. → Read More

Walking RI: Tillinghast Pond's trails are part of something special and well worth a visit

The 41-acre pond is the hub and heart of the largest coastal forest between Boston and Washington, DC. → Read More

Walking RI: Trolley line left its mark at Lincoln's Lime Rock Preserve

Walk the path that was once the rail bed for a commuter trolley line, and see many rare plants that thrive in the preserve's limestone-enriched soil. → Read More

Walking RI: Mingle with birds, beavers, mink and more at Exeter's Fisherville Brook refuge

Beaver dams, a waterfall, a variety of birds and mysterious stone cairns are among the sights at Audubon's Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge. → Read More

Walking RI: Start your day on the right foot with a hike at Cranston's Curran State Park

This 297-acre preserve on the Cranston-Scituate border offers two reservoirs, making it a scenic spot to get exercise and spot some wildlife. → Read More