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What the Locals Know

What the Locals Know
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Peak color? If it’s the tallest point in Rhode Island you’re asking about, then the answer is Jerimoth Hill in Foster. At 812 feet tall, “It’s just a bump in the road,” says Foster resident Heidi Colwell. Locals are most apt to drive by, yet about 700 visitors come each year with the goal of reaching the top. They call themselves highpointers — avid hikers who want to scale the highest point in each of the 50 states. Although Jerimoth Hill is among the list’s lowest elevations (Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi have high points closer to sea level), until recently it had been the least accessible. Now, thanks to abutters Jeff and Deb Mosley, there’s a clear path to the peak. Even if you aren’t a highpointer, the easy four-minute hike is a worthwhile outing for up-close and personal views of fall color. Off Rte. 101 in North Foster. Access open Sat.-Sun. 8-3.

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