Join us for our free, guided trail walks on Thursdays. We will visit various local conservation properties, including some of our Westerly Land Trust preserves. Walks are between 1 ½ to 3 hours and are open to all ages with our target group being agile seniors. Please keep in mind that these are wooded trails with stumps, roots and rocks so be sure to wear hiking boots or good walking shoes. If the weather is icy you should bring stabilizers or something for traction. Bring snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. All walks are at 10:00 AM unless otherwise noted. Our hikes leave promptly so please arrive on time.
May 18 Charlestown Moraine Preserve and Schoolhouse Pond Preserve, Charlestown
A trail has been developed and blazed by the Conservation Commission covering the eastern portion of the Charlestown Moraine Preserve. This terminal moraine marks the areas where the advance of the ice left large deposits of soil, rock and gravel. The Moraine runs from Long Island to Narragansett and can be seen in Rhode Island From Westerly to Narragansett. When the ice receded, the material formed the outwash plain we see on the coast south of Route 1. Second growth oak and some birch, juniper and white pine, with an understory of fern beds, buckle berry and mountain laurel dominate the forest. The forest also supports a diversity of wildlife species including resident and migratory bat species.
Schoolhouse Pond Preserve: This is a 93 acre property across from Burlingame Wildlife Management. The beautiful property consists of undeveloped frontage on pristine School House Pond plus 2.5 miles of hiking trails through hardwood and pine forest.
Directions from Route 1: take Kings Factory Road north to parking lot on left. After hiking a loop here we will carpool 1.8 miles north to Schoolhouse Pond trail for another nice loop.
In State Management areas everyone is required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the last Thursday in April to the last day in May, annually. However, 500 sq. inch by all hunters (including archers) and all users of management areas and undeveloped state parks during all portions of shotgun deer seasons.