Crawley – South Kingstown/Richmond
- Crawley Preserve
- Glen Rock Road, South Kingstown, RI
- Trailhead: 41°30’32.74″N, 71°36’30.44″W
- Last Time Hiked: August 11, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.8 miles
- Fairly easy with some elevation.
Although the entrance and the front part of the property are in South Kingstown, the majority of this property is in Richmond. The property is maintained by both the South Kingstown Land Trust and the Richmond Conservation Commission. I started the hike first following the yellow blazed Brook Trail. The trail has two stream crossings and meanders through a forest of several types of trees including pine, maple, oak, chestnut, and beech. There also several boulders, some stone walls, and an area of ferns and moss along the trail. I also observed several toads along the trail. This trail is only open to hikers. As I approached the end of the trail I came across a horseback rider on the blue blazed Crawley Trail. I turned right on the blue trail briefly then left onto the orange blazed Box Turtle Trail. I followed the orange trail, across the red trail, to the edge of the property and an abutting farm. I then followed the orange loop to the red trail again. I turned left here following the red blazed Red Fox Trail to its end at the back of the property. At this point the blue blazed Crawley Trail begins. It is also the highest point in the property. The hike to this point was all uphill. From here I followed the entire length of the blue trail to its end back to the parking lot passing stone walls and the ruins of an old homestead. I came across several blueberry shrubs and some clethra along this trail.
Trail map can be found at: Crawley.