Wahaneeta Preserve consists of two separate parts. The main 73.7-acre property with extensive hiking trails and recreational opportunities is the former Girl Scouts of Rhode Island Camp Wahaneeta. It is primarily wooded wetlands and includes a stream, pond, and the former Girl Scout lodge. It was purchased May 9, 2012.
The second part is an 11-acre wooded parcel on South Woody Hill Rd in Westerly that was generously donated by Peter and Andrea Verbos and was acquired by the Land Trust in September 2018. Due to the parcel’s proximity to Wahaneeta Preserve, it falls within Wahaneeta’s jurisdiction.
Trails: There is a trail system that is accessible from the parking area within the preserve. 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 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: The property is adjacent to the Paul E. Trombino Memorial Foundation Little League complex, and to the 800-acre Woody Hill Management Area of the Department of Environmental Management. Access is from Moorhouse Road, off Dunns Corners – Bradford Road. (Address for GPS: 118 Moorhouse Rd. in Westerly)