Thewlis Woods, South Kingstown
South Kingstown Land Trust
Also known as DAR Freedom Trail
Description & Overview:
Harold Thewlis donated 27 acres of wooded upland to The Nature Conservancy in May 1994. TNC then passed ownership of the property to the South Kingstown Land Trust. According to Mr Thewlis’s will, the South Kingstown Land Trust (SKLT) holds the land without restrictions. To date, SKLT has been fortunate to be able to keep this land as open space, and been able to raise funds for land purchases and operations from other sources.
Thewlis Woods features stands of eastern white pine, scarlet oak and beech. Turkey, coyote, fisher cat and many other animals find food and shelter on this property. A hiking 0.8 mile trail built in 2006 by John Tarasevitch as an Eagle Scout project, and generously funded by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), gives the hiker access to this beautiful property.
Hours: Daylight hours, all year
Miles of Trails: 0.8 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: 'Typical one person footpath
Trail Rating: Easy 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 a leash.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Other Amenities: None
For driving directions see the trailheads information below.
Bike Path Access: The South County Bike Path runs a couple of miles east of Thewlis Woods
Trailhead Name: Pine Hill Road Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: Coming from the north on Route 1 south go past the first exits for Wakefield. After you pass the Pond Street exit go another mile on Route 1 south and take the next exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Post Road. In 0.4 miles, when Post Road bears right, go straight onto Old Post Road. Go 0.2 miles and take a sharp left onto Dockray Road. Proceed on Dockray for about 500 feet then take a right onto Pine Hill Road. The road takes a sharp bend to the left then climbs a small hill. Proceed for 0.32 mile. Park on the right side shoulder just before the trail sign.
Coming from the south (Charlestown) on Route 1 north go past the Fuller Road exit and go another 1.6 miles on Route 1 north. Use the turn-around in the median to get onto Route 1 south and take the first exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Post Road. In 0.4 miles, when Post Road bears right, go straight onto Old Post Road. Go 0.2 miles and take a sharp left onto Dockray Road. Proceed on Dockray for about 500 feet then take a right onto Pine Hill Road. The road takes a sharp bend to the left then climbs a small hill. Proceed for 0.32 mile. Park on the right side shoulder just before the trail sign.
Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on May 31, 2012