- Grass Pond Preserve
- Wilbur Hill Road, Richmond, RI
- Trailhead: 41°29’32.81″N, 71°39’1.51″W
- Last Time Hiked: August 11, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.3 miles
- Fairly easy with some elevation.
This preserve in Richmond is another Nature Conservancy property. The property abuts the same named Department of Environmental Management (D.E.M.) property. Although this hike does not take you to Grass Pond itself, it is rather impressive having many boulders and outcrops. I started the hike from the entrance at the intersection of Wilbur Hill Road and Small Pond Road. There is a sign here with a trail map. Today I opted to just follow the yellow blazed lollipop trail and ignore the road that leads to the D.E.M. property. The first part of the hike follows what seems to be an old cart path for a while before it turns left into the northern part of the property. This stretch is surrounded by a lush carpet of ferns. After turning left continuing to follow the yellow blazes I found myself climbing slightly uphill for a bit through an area of rather large outcrops, boulders, and ledges. The trail then splits. I took the trail to the right, still climbing uphill before coming to the stone wall of the northern border of the property. The trail then turns left and loops back to the split. From here I retraced my steps back to the entrance. I saw several birds, blue jays, in particular more so than others. Being a warm morning, the cicadas were also singing. This property is open to hunting and orange should be worn during hunting season.
Trail map can be found at: Grass Pond.