George B Parker Woodland

Coventry, Rhode Island 2827

George B Parker Woodland

George B. Parker Woodland Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This Audubon Society of Rhode Island woodland and wildlife refuge holds rich hardwood forest, moist bottomland, peaceful brooks, and early American history. On its grounds, old foundations, stone walls, quarry sites, and inexplicable cairns harken to the past.

As legend has it, the site’s Biscuit Hill traces its name to the Revolutionary War, when a food wagon of biscuits overturned en route to General Rochambeau’s troops. The Paul Cook and Milton A. Gowdey Memorial Trails, two loops stitched by a connecting trail, travel the site’s Coventry and Foster Tracts."

More George B. Parker Woodland Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
Steve Mirsky
View more trails from this guide book
"This route passes through an Audubon Society nature preserve containing some interesting historic relics and unique natural features. Highlights include stone cairns, a wooded lane from the American Revolution, perfectly formed stone foundations, and striking rock outcroppings. The trail begins alongside a map board to your right. Begin on the Orange Trail at the head of the parking lot, going north. You’ll quickly reach a T intersection with a signpost indicating that the Audubon Nature Center is to your left (west) and all other trails are to your right (north and east). Turn right, continuing down a footpath through cedar mixed with pine that becomes mostly deciduous swamp maple, birch, and undergrowth. The trail is well marked and you’ll parallel a stone wall to the right before curving away from it and continuing to wind down through the woods. Follow a signpost pointing to all trails and climb down some wooden steps, passing through wooded swamp. At about 0.2 miles you’ll begin crossing a series of wooden planks over this terrain." Read more
Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Christie Matheson
View more trails from this guide book
"A long, pleasant ramble through a historic refuge. The most noted feature of the Parker Woodland is its collection of more than a hundred mysterious rock cairns (beehive-shaped stone piles ranging in height from 2 to over 4 feet) that dot a 0.25-mile tract of land surrounding the refuge’s Paul Cook Memorial Trail. No one is quite sure who built these rock formations, although different theories have suggested the Narragansett tribe, Celtic settlers, and colonial farmers. In addition to the cairns, Parker Woodland contains the foundation of an eighteenth-century farmhouse, old stone quarries, and the Isaac Bowen house, a colonial structure now on the National Register of Historic Places. The 860-acre refuge consists mostly of mixed deciduous forest, plus red maple swamp, open fields, and flowing brooks." Read more

George B. Parker Woodland Reviews

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
icon5 Total
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
see for yourself
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
Great hike! The whole trail was pristine, not one piece of trash. I went on a beautiful sunny day in June and saw no one else, even though there were 3 other cars in the parking lot. If the trail is wet, wear shoes/boots with good tread. The rocks and roots are moss covered and slippery. The cairns were worth the entire hike. Strongly recommended!
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
I took the orange trail from parking lot #1 until I reached the blue trail intersection. Then I took a right on the blue trail and followed it back to the orange and then back to the lot. Nice hills and views. Lots of running water...but some trails were not well marked. I took a few guesses as to which way to turn when I didn't see a marking, but I chose correctly each time. I didn't see anyone else on the trail for the 4 miles I was on it.
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
Really cool hike. Did just the blue trail, but seemed like there was always something to see along the way. Lots of little streams and bridges, as well as the cairns, and some old foundations. Also has a few nice hills if your looking to get exercise.
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
Hiked this trail with the Webelos Patrol. It is a nice little hike with some elevation and plenty of interesting things for the kids to look at along the way.

George B. Parker Woodland Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-5 hours
George B. Parker Woodland, c/o Audubon Society of RI, 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield 02917; (401) 949-5454 or (401) 295-8283;
Local Contacts
George B. Parker Woodland map (available online at
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018