Posts Tagged ‘ Land Trust Properties ’

Blackall Preserve – Cumberland

  • Blackall Preserve
  • Old West Wrentham Road, Cumberland, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°59’36.20″N, 71°27’33.89″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 23, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.3 miles
  • Fairly easy.


Tucked away along a road less traveled in the northwestern part of Cumberland is this lesser known preserve. The road itself is dotted by historical homes that date back over 200 years and abut the property. The Blackall Preserve offers trails that wind around the property passing impressive stone walls from yesteryear. The canopy above is mostly oak and maple with an occasional beech, pine, and birch. There is a small pond on the western edge of the preserve as well. The trails are easy to follow and are well defined. However, they are not blazed nor is there currently a map for the property. There are three entrances to the property along Old West Wrentham Road. The main entrance is just north of utility pole number 53. An abundance of birds and deer tracks were observed here at the time of this hike.


Snow Covered Trail at Blackall


Burton Woodlands – Glocester

  • Burton Woodlands
  • Joe Sweet Road, Glocester, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°54’7.30″N, 71°41’52.70″W
  • Last Time Hiked: November 8, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.9 miles
  • Fairly easy with slight elevation.


The entrance to this Glocester Land Trust property is just about across the street from where the Cemetery Trail of Sprague Farm comes out onto Joe Sweet Road. In fact this lesser known trail system would make a good addition to a hike at Sprague Farm. The main trail is a wide cart path that is covered in pine needles and heads in a southerly direction. The trail passes a narrower trail and a cellar hole to the left before heading onto private property. The narrower trail loops crossing over a small babbling brook. The brook could be impassable after heavy rains as it is quite deep at the trail crossing. There is also another narrow trail that seems to dead end toward private property as well. The trail system is probably about a mile to a mile and a half in total. I did some backtracking while exploring this property giving me a little more mileage.


Main Trail at Burton Woodlands