Hundred Acre Cove

Barrington, Rhode Island

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A quiet paddle rich in unique wildlife and still close to Rhode Island’s capital. Located just off the Wampanoag Trail—otherwise known as RI 114, the heavily traveled road that goes from Providence to Newport—this paddle is a surprise to find in the middle of a bustling suburban town. Hundred Acre Cove, which sits just north of the confluence of the Barrington and Palmer Rivers, contains the third-largest salt marsh estuary in Rhode Island. It’s home to Rhode Island’s only known nesting area for northern diamondback terrapins, and it supports more than fifty species of birds. Please be aware that the terrapins, which nest at Nockum Hill, at the northern edge of the cove, are extremely vulnerable to human disturbance. Don’t beach your craft there. Filled with white perch, striped bass, and herring, the cove is also a popular area for fishing.

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"A quiet paddle rich in unique wildlife and still close to Rhode Island’s capital. Located just off the Wampanoag Trail—otherwise known as RI 114, the heavily traveled road that goes from Providence to Newport—this paddle is a surprise to find in the middle of a bustling suburban town.

Hundred Acre Cove, which sits just north of the confluence of the Barrington and Palmer Rivers, contains the third-largest salt marsh estuary in Rhode Island. It’s home to Rhode Island’s only known nesting area for northern diamondback terrapins, and it supports more than fifty species of birds. Please be aware that the terrapins, which nest at Nockum Hill, at the northern edge of the cove, are extremely vulnerable to human disturbance. Don’t beach your craft there. Filled with white perch, striped bass, and herring, the cove is also a popular area for fishing."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Barrington
Distance: 3.5
Duration: 1.5 hours
Class: Class I-II
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Providence
Driving Directions: Directions to Hundred Acre Cove

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May 2018