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Canonchet Farm, Narragansett

Town of Narragansett

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:

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The trail is well maintained and wide with boardwalks crossing wet areas. It is a very easy walk with gradual inclines except for one short, steep incline of about 2 feet. It is not a loop trail so you have to return the way you came. There are roots on the trail and one area is a little hummocky.

Canonchet Farm has a wide variety of habitats including salt and fresh water marshes, wetland forests, upland forests, meadows, streams, ponds and abuts the salt water Pettaquamscut Cove. Shorebirds are found in the cove and migrating song birds in the woods. Several varieties of frogs are in the ponds and can be heard between March and August at sunset. Of course, there are a large number of mammals as well.

The property was a part of the original Pettaquamscutt Purchase and was farmed by the first settlers of the area. Before that it was used by Native Americans for hunting and fishing. In the late 1800ís it was purchased by William Sprague, Governor and Senator of Rhode Island. He and his wife, Kate Chase, built a large, sprawling mansion which stood just outside the current property boundaries to the east. In the 1970ís the property was purchased by the Town of Narragansett for passive recreation. The South County Museum currently manages 10 acres with several buildings containing exhibits which are open from May to October, 4 days a week. One of the buildings is the remains of a stable from the Sprague era.

Interesting features include a large glacial erratic standing next to an oak tree uprooted by Hurricane Sandy exposing the bedrock Narragansett granite. Just to the east of the erratic is an old granite quarry. Next to the erratic lies a stone with the wedges and feathers still lodged in it from a failed splitting attempt. Interesting stone walls crisscross the property along the trail. One of them has a stile built into it. At the west end of the property, the path crosses Crooked Brook on a stone bridge which now has a boardwalk on top of it.

Be prepared for ticks and mosquitoes. Tuck long pants cuffs into socks. Spray shoes, waist line, cuffs and neck line.

Canonchet Farm website

Narragansett Town Parks

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What's There:

Hours: sunrise to sunset, year round

Miles of Trails: 1.5 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: 6 to 7 foot wide footpath

Trail Rating: Easy   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? Must be on Leash, pick up dog waste using bags provided.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No

Is Hunting Permitted? Hunting is not allowed on this property but is in nearby areas. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!

Other Amenities: There is limited access to restrooms and picnic tables on a daily/seasonal basis within the South County Museum trailhead parking area during hours of operation. Restrooms are also available at the Community Center and the public beach pavilions during hours of operation.

Public Transportation & Bike Paths:

For driving directions see the trailheads information below.

Public Transit: The RIPTA #14 bus runs down Boston Neck Road and Kingstown Road, within 1/4 mile of both the Community Center and West Lot trailheads.

Bike Path Access: The William C. OíNeill Bike Path terminates at Munford Road in Narragansett, west of the Community Center (trailhead), also on Munford Road.

Trailheads:

Trailhead Name: West Lot, Anne Hoxsie Lane

Coordinates: 41° 26.214' N    71° 27.444' 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: This trailhead is across from the Narragansett Town Beach on Boston Neck Road. The trailhead is at the west parking lot for the beach. Note that parking is restricted and a fee must be paid during beach season.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 150 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Narragansett Community Center

Coordinates: 41° 26.145' N    71° 28.164' 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: This trailhead is on Mumford Road, next to the Narragansett Community Center and Sprague Park

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: South County Museum

Coordinates: 41° 26.293' N    71° 27.628' 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: This trailhead is located within the grounds of the South County Museum, to the left of the Museum driveway, with access as long as the Museum gate is open. Take Strathmore Street (by the wooden Indian) at the corner of Kingstown Road/Narragansett Avenue to reach the Museum. The spur trail starts between the Museum fence and the house fence to the west.

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

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

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