Francis C Carter Memorial Preserve Trail

Wood River Junction, Rhode Island

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If you are looking for a tranquil hike, this is it. You will feel like you are walking, surrounded in bird song, in a sea of green amongst the low-lying shrubs and ferns in the pine and oak forest. Depending on what time of year that you visit, you may find vernal pools with frogs and salamanders, flowering shrubs in bloom, or ripe blueberries and huckleberries. In the grasslands you will be treated to colorful wildflowers and sightings of several different types of grassland birds. The many loop trails in this 841-acre preserve—the largest nature preserve of the Rhode Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy—make it easy for you to pick a long or a short hike and provide many good turnaround points, as well as the option to do a one-way hike by leaving a car at a second parking area. You will definitely want to bring along a plant identification guide and pick up a self-guided hike brochure and a bird checklist provided by The Nature Conservancy at the information board near the parking area.

Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve Trail Professional Review and Guide

"If you are looking for a tranquil hike, this is it. You will feel like you are walking, surrounded in bird song, in a sea of green amongst the low-lying shrubs and ferns in the pine and oak forest. Depending on what time of year that you visit, you may find vernal pools with frogs and salamanders, flowering shrubs in bloom, or ripe blueberries and huckleberries. In the grasslands you will be treated to colorful wildflowers and sightings of several different types of grassland birds.

The many loop trails in this 841-acre preserve—the largest nature preserve of the Rhode Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy—make it easy for you to pick a long or a short hike and provide many good turnaround points, as well as the option to do a one-way hike by leaving a car at a second parking area. You will definitely want to bring along a plant identification guide and pick up a self-guided hike brochure and a bird checklist provided by The Nature Conservancy at the information board near the parking area."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wood River Junction
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 140 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: March to October
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Chapter Office
Local Maps: USGS Carolina
Driving Directions: Directions to Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve Trail

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May 2018