Please join us for our free guided trail walks on Thursdays. All walks are at 10:00AM unless stated to the contrary. We will visit various local conservation properties, including some of our own Westerly Land Trust preserves. Walks are between 1 1/2 and 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 to be sure to wear hiking boots or good walking shoes. If the weather is icy you should bring stabilizers or something for traction or snowshoes. Be aware that our hikes leave promptly so be on time!
From the parking area in front of the cemetery, the moderately difficult trail progresses up into the hill country known as the Charlestown Recessional Moraine, a long band of hills and valleys, which accumulated as poorly sorted glacial debris some 12,000 years ago as the edge of the glacier paused in its recession. Most of the rocks are igneous and metamorphic (granite, schist, gneiss) derived from the bedrock in the surrounding area to the north. Almost all of this area is reforested with white, scarlet and black oak, sassafras, white pine, pitch pine, American beech, hickory and other trees common in the mixed upland forest of southern New England. There is a dense under-story of huckleberry and low – highbush blueberry, with thickets of mountain laurel, Sheep-laurel, ink berry, green briar and ferns. There is little sign of infestation by exotic, invasive vegetation due to its undisturbed condition and the control of Russian olive on the many exposed boulders and stones and trees. Along the trail there is a diverse population of lichens, mushrooms and fungi. Hike length will be 3 to 4 miles.
Driving directions: From Route 1 South, take the exit marked Post Rd/Perryville. Proceed 0.31 miles to a stop sign at the intersection of Ministerial Rd (Route 110). Go straight on Post Rd for 1.28 miles, passing Moonstone Beach Road on your left, to a parking lot on the right at the foot of the Quaker Burial Ground. The trail begins about 50 feet west of the parking area on the same side. Leader: Liz Anderson, 401-322-8619 (h), 401-212-6847 (c) and email: firstname.lastname@example.org