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Atlantic White Cedar Swamp – Cumberland

  • Atlantic White Cedar Swamp/Bland Preserve/Gold Star Preserve
  • Pound Road, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°58’17.38″N, 71°26’26.56″W
  • First Time Hiked: April 15, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: August 18, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.2 miles
  • Easy.


This property, actually several properties abutting each other, demonstrates a great example of dedication by the Cumberland Land Trust. It has been years since I had visited this property. During that visit in April of 2013, I had found the trail to be nice, but it lacked good markings and the trail map indicated a loop at its end, which I found difficult to follow. In the spring of 2015 I was informed that beavers had built a dam making the property inaccessible. Visiting again at the end of 2015 I found that The Cumberland Land Trust and others stepped up during 2015 and created another trail head and entrance along Pound Road (sign calls the property as Gold Star Preserve). The entrance first follows a gas-line easement before turning right into the woods. From here the trails are very well marked with white blazes along the trail that leads north through the property and yellow along a short loop trail. During the most recent visit (August 2017), the entrance along Nate Whipple Highway has re-opened with a series of boardwalks that loop around the area that was once flooded. On this hike I came across several boulders, stone walls, an abundance of birds, as well as deer. There is a stream crossing at the half mile mark. Use caution crossing if you choose.

Trail map can be found at: Atlantic White Cedar Swamp


New Boardwalks By An Area Flooded By Beavers