Posts Tagged ‘ Westerly Land Trust ’

Crandall Preserve – Westerly

  • Crandall Family Preserve
  • Westerly, RI
  • Trailhead: Undisclosed
  • Last Time Hiked: October 5, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Fairly easy.

 

The Crandall Family Preserve is a Westerly Land Trust property that is only open to the public during guided hikes/tours, mostly because of the sensitivity of the land in the area.  Seeing an announcement for an event, I joined them for a full moon hike. The property offers a network of blazed trails, blazed yellow and red, that wind through a forest of pines and beech trees. There is an abundance of rhododendron and mountain laurel on the property. Crandall also offers the ruins of an old sawmill and an area known as Wolf Island. Hunting is allowed on this property. Blazed orange is required during hunting season. For more info about hiking here contact the Westerly Land Trust.

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Red Blaze and Signage.

 

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Riverwood Preserve – Westerly

Riverwood Preserve in Westerly is a property nestled between the Pawcatuck River and the railroad tracks near Chapman Pond just east of Route 78. Access to the property is at the end of Boy Scout Drive by a gate at the entrance to the Quequatuck Boy Scout Camp. Parking is available along Old Hopkinton Road and you must walk to the entrance. We then passed the kiosk and followed the short entrance trail to orange loop trail. At the orange trail we turned left and started heading in a northerly direction. Soon the trail hugged the shore of the Pawcatuck River occasionally passing some mountain laurel. The trail features stone walls and boulders as well. It also crosses some wet areas and small streams with makeshift log bridges. We came across a cellar hole as well. When we came to the blue trail, we followed it first through a ravine and then up the hill. The blue trail is a loop the circles the higher part of the property. It is a little rocky and can be slightly challenging. It offers some spots that have decent views of the surrounding area including Chapman Pond. There is also evidence of quarrying that was once done here. We also stumbled across some deer along this trail. After completing the blue loop trail we continued on the orange loop trail. The trail first nears the railroad tracks then turns northerly along a flat leisurely stretch. The hill to the right features some ledges and more boulders. Soon we were back at the entrance trail. From here we retraced our steps back to the car.

Trail map can be found at: Riverwood.

Stone Walls Along The Orange Trail

Stone Walls Along The Orange Trail

Whiteley Preserve – Westerly

 
 

Whiteley Preserve is a small Westerly Land Trust property with a small network of trails overlooking the Pawcatuck River. I started this walk by a gate at a stone wall. I walked through a grassy area and into the woods along the white blazed trail. I stopped briefly at a picnic area to take a few photos. I then continued following the white trail, over a small bridge, to its junction with the red trail. I then followed the red trail back to the white trail and retraced my steps back to the car. There are a couple of canoe landings here as well.

Trail map can be found at: Whiteley Preserve.

The Pawcatuck River at Whiteley

The Pawcatuck River at Whiteley

Anderson Preserve – Westerly

  • Anderson Preserve
  • Potters Hill Road, Westerly, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°24’22.90″N,  71°48’15.87″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 8, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.4 mile
  • Easy with slight elevation at the river bank.
 
 

Anderson Preserve is a small Westerly Land Trust property with a short cart path trail to the shore of the Pawcatuck River. The trail starts just to the right of utility pole 33 on Potters Hill Road. In fact the trail looks as if it part of the neighboring property. There are several “No Trespassing” signs on trees to the right of the trail. Please do respect the boundaries and stay on the trail. At the end of the trail is a small canoe landing.

Trail map can be found at: Anderson Preserve.

**According to the Westerly Land Trust website this property is NO LONGER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**

The Pawcatuck River at Anderson

The Pawcatuck River at Anderson

Mastuxet Brook – Westerly

  • Mastuxet Brook Greenway
  • Airport Road, Westerly, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°20’46.30″N,  71°48’50.52″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 8, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.2 miles
  • Easy with some rocky footing in areas.
 
 

I started this hike from a parking area just north of the tennis courts at Rotary Park. From the parking area there is a path that leads into the woods. Just before the brook a narrow trail appears to the right. I followed this trail to its end at a residential neighborhood. I then retraced my steps back to the path. On the opposite side of the path another trail appears just by the brook. This trail winds along the brook. The sounds of the brook trickling become more evident the further down the trail you go. The trail becomes “rooty” and rocky in areas but not difficult by any means. The trail ends at a rock formation with a small waterfall known as Diamond Falls. I then retraced my steps back to the car.

Trail map can be found at: Mastuxet Brook.

Diamond Falls

Diamond Falls

Avondale Farm – Westerly

 
 

Another Westerly Land Trust property and truly a hidden gem. With large open areas of grass and stone walls this property is a haven for several species of birds. I started this walk from a parking area near the Quail Run entrance. I first walked up the road a bit then turned left after the stone wall onto a grassy path. I followed this until I came to another stone wall. I turned right there following the path back to the paved road. Along the way I saw several birds in the small trees and shrubs in the grassy areas. At the road I turned left. (Do not feed the horses.) I then followed the road back to the parking area. I came across several people here walking, jogging, and cycling.

Trail map can be found at: Avondale Farm.

Avondale Farm

Avondale Farm

Lewis Pond – Westerly

  • Dr. Lewis Pond Preserve
  • Links Passage, Westerly, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°20’38.44″N,  71°47’18.10″W
  • Last Time Hiked: March 8, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.3 mile
  • Easy with slight elevation.
 

This morning I decided to explore the Westerly area. This town has a numerous amount of short trails on various properties, mostly Westerly Land Trust properties. This property, though very short, has a wide variety of sights. I came across mountain laurel and blueberry shrubs here. The trail starts at Links Passage by the sign near the trailhead. The trail is blazed white and very easy to follow. It meanders and winds up and down before leveling out in a swamp just before that pond. The trail ends at the pond. I then retraced my steps back to the trailhead.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Lewis Pond

Lewis Pond

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