Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Westerly
The Westerly Land Trust
Description & Overview:
The 134-acre Glacier Park is a dramatic example of a recessional moraine glacial landscape, with kettle and kame topography, carved canyons, glacial erratic boulders and the moraine ridge. A number of the kettles are below the groundwater level, forming beautiful ponds. The morainal ridge over looks the glacial outwash plain (86-acre Lathrop Preserve owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island), Winnapaug Pond, the Misquamicut barrier beach, Block Island Sound, and the terminal moraine of Block Island and Long Island.
A glacier geologist has reported than having all of these features in an undeveloped site is globally unique.
There are over 2 miles of trails on the property. Some of the trails follow ridges and some follow valleys. There are a few steep trails up the sides of ridges.
Following the arrival of settlers from Europe, the property was part of a large farm. An Inn was located at one time on Shore Road where guests could ride horses. The former field across Shore Road was used as a Polo Field by people from the Watch Hill resort community. The property was seized after Pearl Harbor for a shoreline battery to protect the area from a German invasion. The property was permanently protected by the Westerly Land Trust in cooperation with Newbury Development Company, which built two clusters of active senior residences on 38 acres, which are surrounded by Preserve land.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset, all year
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: Yes, some but not all of the trails are suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Must be under control or on leash. Waste pick up required.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Other Amenities: There are a few rustic benches but otherwise there are no amenities and no restrooms.
Trailhead Name: Tom Harvey Road Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: Enter Newbury Way off Tom Harvey Road, across from the Westerly Industrial Park and the Westerly Airport. The parking spaces are immediately on the right. Additional roadside parking is available on Tom Harvey Road.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 12 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
Trailhead Name: Shore Road Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: Enter Newbury Way from Shore Road (Route 1A) east of Winnapaug Road. Take the first right and the parking spaces are immediately on the right.
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 February 29, 2012