Browning Woods, South Kingstown
South Kingstown Land Trust
Also known as ARL Kenney
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:
The well marked 3-mile Browning Trail crosses three parcels. The largest, the 165 acre Browning Woods Farm, was purchased from Harold Browning Jr. in 1999. In 2001 and 2003, the two adjacent lots were purchased from the Kenney family and the Animal Rescue League, together encompassing 21.8 acres. These acquisitions were funded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC)(with funds from The Champlin Foundations and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), RI Department of Environmental Management's Forest Legacy and local open space bond programs, the Town of South Kingstown's open space bond program, and the RI Greenways Council. The Greenways grant also helped to fund the trail construction and signage.
The trail begins at about 100 feet above sea level, passing over a swamp and intermittent stream, before ascending to almost 200 feet through wooded uplands. Visitors can view the remains of the Browning homestead and another long abandoned cellar hole. The Woods Farm was part of the original Pettaquamscutt purchase and was in the Browning family for 10 generations before it was protected by the South Kingstown Land Trust. This large area adds to the nearby Card's Camp land, protected in 1999 by TNC; another important step in building a corridor of protected land through the area. The Card's Camp land was purchased through a partnership of TNC, Camp JORI, the Town of South Kingstown and The Champlin Foundations.
Hours: Daylight hours, all year
Miles of Trails: 3 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Typical one person footpath
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.
Skiing/Snowshoeing: Trails are suitable for snowshoeing but not skiing
Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Must be on a leash.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Yes
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Bikes are not encouraged by are permitted.
Is Hunting Permitted? Hunting is not allowed on this property but is in nearby areas. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!
Other Amenities: None
Driving Landmarks: Coming from the north (Wakefield) on Route 1 south take the exit for Post Road/Perryville (this exit is about 2.9 miles south of where Main Street in Wakefield intersects with Route 1.) Proceed 0.3 miles to a stop sign at the intersection of Ministerial Road (Route 110). Go straight on Post Road for 0.9 miles, then take a right onto Gravelly Hill Road. Proceed for 1.6 miles to a stop sign. Go straight onto Shannock Road. Proceed for 0.25 miles to a small gravel parking lot on the right side of the road. The trail begins at the back of the parking lot next to the trail sign.
Coming from the south (Charlestown) on Route 1 north go past the exit for Green Hill Beach Road in South Kingstown. Go another 0.7 miles on Route 1 north and use the Post Road/Perryville turn-around in the median to get onto Route 1 south and take the first exit. At the T-junction turn right onto Post Road. Go 0.8 miles and then take a left onto Gravelly Hill Road. Proceed for 1.6 miles to a stop sign. Go straight onto Shannock Road. Proceed for 0.25 miles to a small gravel parking lot on the right side of the road. The trail begins at the back of the parking lot next to the trail sign.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 6 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on December 11, 2017