Bradner Preserve, Richmond
Richmond Rural Preservation Land Trust
Hunting is not allowed here but it is permitted on nearby land. During hunting season everyone using the trails here should wear blaze orange. Remember, hunting season includes much of the late fall, winter and spring. More details.
In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run 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, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.
Description & Overview:
This is a pleasant, 64 acre property in Richmond. The trails are great for family hikes or walking your dog. The Hanging Rock Trail (the main trail) is 4 feet or wider and good for equestrian use; Wolf Tree Trail is a 1 person foot path in some areas and does not allow horses. The trails do have some elevation gain (about 100 feet) and the footing is rough in spots. Hanging Rock Trail was developed on old ATV trails, so it is wide with fairly good footing, and two foot bridges. The Wolf Tree Trail has rougher footing with some muddy areas and requires a rock hop over a couple of small streams.
Bradner Preserve is roughly shaped like a basin, sloping down from access points on Hoxsie Road and Gardner Road. The property is a bisected by the Glen Rock Brook, a small trout stream that eventually drains to the Queen/Usquepaugh River to the south east. The woods contain primarily oaks and white pine, with American beech and hickory species. The dry upland understory is made up of huckleberry with some mountain laurel. About 35% of the property is a forested and shrub swamp, providing valuable habitat.
The property was originally owned by the Bradner brothers, who had wanted to develop it into house lots. However, because so much of it is wetlands, it was not economically feasible. Instead the brothers donated the property to the Richmond Rural Preservation Land Trust in 2000.
Hanging Rock Trail leads out to a hanging rock that looks precariously balanced on other rocks. This and other large boulders were left in the area over 10,000 years ago by the continental glaciers that covered New England. The Wolf Tree Trail goes past an ancient white oak that was probably left as a shade tree in an open pasture in the early 1800's. The tree, at least 150 years old, is still in great shape with large spreading limbs. The trail continues along a drumlin, another land feature formed by the glaciers, and crosses a small stream on rocks before joining up with the Hanging Rock Trail.
Sections of the Wolf Tree Trail will be wet in the spring. The stream crossings may be difficult after heavy rains.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset, all year
Miles of Trails: 1.3 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Varies from 4 feet or wider on the Hanging Rock Trail to a one person footpath on the Wolf Tree Trail.
Trail Rating: Moderate Explanation
Trail Rating Key
Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.
Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.
Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.
Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Must be on leash.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Horses are permitted on all trails except the Wolf Tree Trail.
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? Hunting is not allowed on this property but is in nearby areas. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!
Other Amenities: There are no restrooms or other amenities.
Driving Landmarks: From Rt. 138 go north onto Hillsdale Road for 3.3 miles. Take a right onto Hoxsie Road and follow for 1 mile to the intersection with Gardner Road. Take a right onto Gardner. The trailhead is a small clearing on the right, about 2/10 of a mile south of the intersection.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 7 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
The Wolf Oak
Photography by: Denise Poyer
The Wolf Oak for which the Wolf Tree Trail is named. Likely an old pasture tree that the forest has grown up around.
Photography by: Denise Poyer
Date of Photograph: July 5, 2011
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This site report was last updated on December 11, 2017