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Sprague Farm, Glocester

Glocester Land Trust

Hunting is permitted here (hunters should check with the property manager before hunting). 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:

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Sprague Farm is approximately 1,200 acres of forest. Within Sprague Farm there are several miles of wide dirt/gravel roads used by area farmers for generations, and several miles of narrower foot paths created by the Glocester Land Trust. Most trails have a gentle slope and visit scenic ledge vistas, stands of Striped Maple, a glacial fen, an Atlantic White Cedar wetland, several fields, miles of stone walls, stone slab bridges over several streams, the Sprague family cemetery, and stone foundation walls for barns and farmhouses.

The Glocester Land Trust began acquiring Sprague Farm in 1990 with the purchase of 247 acres which was the core and last remaining actively farmed area. In the intervening years the Land Trust has quadrupled the area protected from development by acquiring adjacent parcels which are called woodlands. Acquisition funding was from a combination of Town of Glocester Open Space Bonds, RI DEM Open Space Bonds, The Nature Conservancy, Champlain Foundations, and private contributions.

In 2009 Sprague Farm was the site of RI Natural History Survey's BioBlitz. In a 24 hour period, professional and amateur scientists explored Sprague Farm and found nearly 1,000 different wildlife species. Sprague Farm is featured in Ken Weber's book 'Weekend Walks in Rhode Island.'

Sprague Farm is open year round from sunrise to sunset. During the fall this area is open for deer and turkey hunting. During the winter months Sprague Farm is open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. In warm weather Sprague Farm is a popular place for horseback riding, jogging, geocaching, dog walks, and casual walks.

Glocester Land Trust website

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What's There:

Hours: sunrise to sunset, all year

Miles of Trails: 6 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Half the trails are 5 feet wide. The rest are typical one person footpaths.

Trail Rating: Moderate   Explanation

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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: Yes

Are Dogs Allowed? Yes: must be under owners control (voice or leash). Remove/knock waste off trail.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Yes: To minimize erosion, no riding for 48 hours after heavy rain. Primary trailer parking is at the Pine Orchard Rd � Loop Trail trailhead. Other parking areas are large enough for a few trailers.

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Yes: only on wide gravel trails. To minimize erosion, no riding for 48 hours after heavy rain.

Is Hunting Permitted? Yes. Contact property manager for details before hunting. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!

Other Amenities: None

Trailheads:

Trailhead Name: Loop Trail Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 54.53' N    71° 42.15' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The parking area for this trailhead is across the road from 162 Pine Orchard Road, Glocester, which is about 0.8 miles south of where Pine Orchard Road takes off from Route 44.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Kilmartin Woodland Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 54.37' N    71° 43.76' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: There is a dirt parking lot for this trailhead at the southern end of Sprague Hill Road (gravel), at the junction with Elbow Rock Road, one mile south of Route 44 (Putnam Pike).

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 8 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Huckins Woodland

Coordinates: 41° 55.2' N    71° 43.13' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The parking lot for this trailhead is next to (just east of) 1736 Putnam Pike (Route 44), Glocester.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 8 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

Photographs:

Trailhead for the Loop Trail

Trailhead for the Loop Trail

Date of Photograph: April 10, 2012

 
The Loop Trail in Spring

The Loop Trail in Spring

 
A Vernal Pool at Sprague Farm

A Vernal Pool at Sprague Farm

 
A Glacial Fen at Sprague Farm

A Glacial Fen at Sprague Farm

 

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