The Westerly Land Trust is a rich recreational resource for your family. Our extensive nature trails cover nearly every form of topography available in our area, and range from moderately difficult to easy.
Avondale Farm Preserve :: Avondale trail map
This Preserve is open and flat with a paved 0.6-mile loop road which is excellent for walking, jogging, and biking. Its protected grassland habitat has been enhanced by the planting of native species and ongoing invasive plant species management. This is a popular birding site and grassland nesting birds that are now rare in RI nest here, such as the bobolink. Parking is at the end of either Quail Run or Grassland Way, both of which are off Watch Hill Road.
Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park :: Champlin Glacier Park trail map
This forested Preserve has unique kettle and kame topography resulting from long ago glacier melts. It is adjacent to and just east of the Winnapaug Cottages Development on Tom Harvey Road and Shore Road. There are trails throughout the Preserve featuring a scenic overlook high above Shore Road.
Parking is available at the preserve entrance on Tom Harvey Road by turning onto Newbury Drive and parking in the spaces outside the gate to Winnapaug Cottages. There is also parking at the preserve entrance from Shore Road by turning onto Newbury Drive and then taking a quick right onto Kettle Close where parking spots are on the immediate right. Visitors will find an informational kiosk with a trail map near each entrance.
Grills Preserve :: Grills Preserve trail map
This Preserve is accessed from its large gravel parking area at the end of Bowling Lane. Largely forested with excellent access along the river, the parcel features a beautiful panoramic view from the top of Big Hill. Trails are primarily old dirt roads, easily followed and ideal for walking, jogging, biking and snow shoeing. Additional smaller trails strictly for foot traffic are also maintained. From 2008-2015, Grills Preserve was home to the Westerly Middle and High School Cross Country teams, with a race course on the trail system.
Hunting is permitted at this preserve. Hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders or any other visitors to this preserve are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange during hunting season (generally September-February and April- May). See RIDEM Hunting Regulations for exact hunting season dates.
Riverwood Preserve :: Riverwood Preserve trail map
This Preserve has a great variety of trails both in the lowlands along the Pawcatuck River and at higher elevations toward the interior of the property. Due to challenging access and trailhead location, if you have not been to this preserve before then it is recommended that you contact us first or attend one of our guided hikes here before going on your own. Visitors must park along Old Hopkinton Road at the end of Boyscout Drive then walk up Boyscout Drive and past the Boyscout camp to enter the Preserve. While WLT has a pedestrian right-of-way up the road to access our preserve, visitors will observe “no trespassing” signs posted by others to discourage strangers from wandering the area.
Mastuxet Brook Greenway :: Mastuxet Brook Trail Map
Wahaneeta Preserve :: Wahaneeta Preserve trail map :: Woody Hill Trail Map
This 72-acre property has a trail system that is accessible from the parking area within the preserve, off Moorehouse Road. Several of the trails were used by the Girl Scouts when the property was an active camp. Hunting is permitted at this preserve. Hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders or any other visitors to this preserve are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange during hunting season (generally September-February and April- May). See RIDEM Hunting Regulations for exact hunting season dates.