George B Parker Woodland

Coventry, Rhode Island

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Coventry
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Coventry
Driving Directions: Directions to George B. Parker Woodland

Recent Trail Reviews

6/15/2010
0

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.


4/3/2010
1

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.



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May 2018