This 543.5-acre preserve was acquired in several pieces from 2003-2006. The largest parcel is 482-acres and was purchased from Richard and Michael Grills. The remaining parcels were purchased from sisters Sally Gagnon, Marylou Collins and Kim Caswell, and the Fredap Realty Trust. This preserve has over 2 ½ miles of river frontage on the Pawcatuck River. It consists of extensive freshwater wetlands, a lagoon, upland forest, and “Big Hill” with exposed bedrock and scenic views. This preserve truly is a gem – a beautiful area that most people are surprised we have right here in Westerly.
Trails: There is an extensive trail system, beginning at the public parking area at the end of Bowling Lane. Approximately 6 miles of trails cover the preserve, including a cross country loop that is used by the Westerly High School and Middle School teams. 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 from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.
Location: End of Bowling Lane in Bradford, RI