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Weetamoo Woods, Tiverton

Town of Tiverton

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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There are 7 miles of trails within Weetamoo Woods and another 2 miles in the adjacent Pardon Gray Preserve (Tiverton Land Trust). The trails have gentle slopes, rocky/rooted pathways and wet areas in spring. The trails are well-marked and maps are available the East Road trailhead. Loops are designed for easy to moderate walks.

The dominant forest of Weetamoo Woods is coastal oak-holly, a natural community of oaks and American holly trees found in coastal areas of southern New England. A large forested wetland with a stand of Atlantic white cedar is north of the sawmill with more along Borden Brook below the milldam.

The 650 acres of Weetamoo Woods are "middle-aged" forest, with some trees that survived the 1938 Hurricane now 100 – 125 years old. A mature, unfragmented forest of this size is excellent habitat for canopy nesting birds that require deep woods, such as the veery, worm-eating warbler, wood thrush and Baltimore oriole. Raptors frequenting Weetamoo include barred and horned owls, and red-tailed hawks.

Weetamoo Woods also contains 12 acres of grassland on former plowland that abuts Eight Rod Way to the east. This creates favorable conditions for ground nesting birds such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks and savannah sparrows.

Cultural History
Prior to European settlement, the Pocasset people fished and farmed the eastern shore of the Sakonnet Passage. Weetamoo was an honored sachem and died in the King Philip’s War. After the War, in 1679, Plymouth Colony sold the "Pocasset Purchase" to colonists and Weetamoo Woods is at the south end of the original plat. Eight Rod Way, a common colonial name for road width (132 feet, a rod = 16.5 ft.) dates from that time.

The southern part of Eight Rod Way, near the East Road entrance, retains the character of a colonial cart path with cobble paving and a slab bridge across Borden Brook. Cellar holes, farm sites, and dug wells have been found along its original path. This section was probably improved in conjunction with the sawmill (found on the Red trail) that operated in the mid 1800's.

Trail Safety Information

Photographs

 

What's There:

Hours: sunrise to sunset, year round

Miles of Trails: 7 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Colonial cart path widths in some locations. Otherwise typical one person footpath.

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? Dogs must leashed or under positive control at all times and must be kept on marked trails. Owner must pick up dog waste.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Horses are permitted. Parking lots do not have the capacity to handle trailers. "Walk-ins" welcome. Horses may follow edge of meadow trail but are not allowed in the open meadow.

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Mountain bikes are permitted. No motorized vehicles.

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

Other Amenities: No amenities. Carry in/carry out policy. Picnicking and camping are not allowed.

Trailheads:

Trailhead Name: East Road Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 34.335' N    71° 10.637' 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: From Route 24 in Tiverton, take Route 77 (Main Road) south toward Little Compton. After 5.5 miles, and just beyond Lafayette Road (on the left) and Seapowet Avenue (on the right), Pardon Gray Preserve (Tiverton Land Trust property) is on the left. Continue south for 2 miles, turn left at Tiverton Four corners onto East Road (Route 179). Proceed a quarter mile and the south entrance to Weetamoo Woods is on the left.

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

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Lake Road Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 35.236' N    71° 9.767' 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: From Route 24 in Tiverton, take Route 81 (Stafford Road) south toward Little Compton (Continue straight at the traffic light, where Route 81 changes to Crandall Road). After 4.5 miles on 81, turn right onto to King Road. Follow King Road for 1.2 miles and take the sharp left hand curve onto Lake Road. Proceed 3/4 mile and the parking lot and trailhead are on the right.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 6 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Lafayette Road Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 35.669' N    71° 11.465' 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: From Route 24 in Tiverton, take Route 77 (Main Road) south toward Little Compton. After 5.5 miles turn left onto Lafayette Road (Seapowet Avenue on the right). Proceed 0.2 miles up Lafayette Road to where it ends at a gate. The trailhead for Weetamoo Woods and Pardon Gray Preserve (Tiverton Land Trust property) is on the right.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 6 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

Photographs:

A Family Walking in Weetamoo Woods

A Family Walking in Weetamoo Woods

Photography by: Ginger Lacy

Date of Photograph: October 25, 2008

 
The Stone Arch Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge

Photography by: Garry Plunkett

The dry (meaning no mortar was used to hold the stones in place) stone arch bridge over sawmill race on the Red trail. Site 4 on the trail map.

 
The Slab Bridge

The Slab Bridge

Photography by: Garry Plunkett

Date of Photograph: May 7, 2009

The slab bridge over Borden Brook on Eight Rod Way (yellow trail), just north of the main entrance on East Road. Site 2 on the trail map.

 
A Couple Walking along the Yellow Trail

A Couple Walking along the Yellow Trail

Photography by: Ginger Lacy

Date of Photograph: October 25, 2008

 

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