Oakland Forest & Meadow Preserve, Portsmouth
Aquidneck Land Trust
Description & Overview:
Oakland Forest & Meadow Preserve was conserved in 2000, a grassroots effort to protect the land, including the old growth beech forest from being developed into condominiums. The trail starts at a small bridge surrounded by pussy willows, crossing over a freshwater wetland. The trail then winds around the edge of the meadow and then crosses over another footbridge into the forest area. Follow the trail left for approximately 0.1 miles. At this point, you can follow the approximately 0.5 mile loop trail in either direction around the heart of the old growth forest, which contains beech and oak trees well over 250 years old. The forest is one of the healthiest examples of remaining old growth American beech (Fagus grandifolia). Though the preserve was never logged, it served as a "gentleman's" farm for generations, passing through the Channing/Gibbs, Vanderbuilt, and Young families. The band of rhododendron that runs through the forest is a remnant planting from one of the former estates. The forest, meadow, wetlands, and ponds onsite support numerous plant and wildlife species, including turkeys, coyotes, passerine birds, hawks, woodpeckers, and waterfowl. The trail may be wet in early spring, and you may encounter ticks and poison ivy, so please dress accordingly.
Hours: Dawn to dusk all year, but may be closed for mud season in March/April
Miles of Trails: 0.6 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? No
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Other Amenities: There is a bicycle rack at the trailhead. Remember, bicycles are not allowed on the trails.
For driving directions see the trailheads information below.
Public Transit: Take Bus 60 to Union Street in Portsmouth. Walk northwest on Union Street toward Carriage Drive. Turn Left on Carriage Drive. The road bends sharply to the right at approximately 0.1 miles. Continue to follow Carriage Dr. for approximately 0.4 miles to a small parking lot on your left. The there are several bushes in the parking lot area, and houses on either side. If you reach the end of Carriage Dr., you have gone approximately 0.1 miles too far. Note: There are not sidewalks on this route.
Trailhead Name: Carriage Drive Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: Turn on to Union St. at the light on East Main Rd. in Portsmouth. Take your first left onto Carriage Drive. The road bends sharply to the right at approximately 0.1 miles. Comtinue to follow Carriage Dr. for approximately 0.4 miles to a small parking lot on your left. The there are several bushes in the parking lot area, and houses on either side. If you reach the end of Carriage Dr., you have gone approximately 0.1 miles too far.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 3 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on July 2, 2012