Wolf Hill Forest Preserve, Smithfield
Smithfield Land Trust
Description & Overview:
Wolf Hill is a long, rocky, north-south ridge running through the middle of the town of Smithfield, west of I-295 and east of the southern part of Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond). All the trails are gently rolling, with the exception of a southern portion of Mary Mowry Trail which is very steep and rocky. Many of the trails are old farm roads from the time this was Mowry Farm. Most of the property is a mature oak and maple forest, with a few stands of pine and hemlock. The undergrowth contains many huckleberry and lowbush blueberry bushes. Several vernal pools are visible from the trails. In 2000 this property was acquired by the Smithfield Land Trust and in the ensuing years abutting land was acquired so that the protected area is now 300 acres.
In the center of the property is a memorial to three airmen who perished when their plane crashed on this site in August 1943. Bisecting the property is a right-of-way for National Grid's high voltage power lines. This right-of-way has created a low bush habitat for wildlife and here deer, wild turkeys, songbirds, and hawks can often be seen. At the southern end of the property is Mercer Outlook which offers views of the Providence skyline and beyond. Along the Ken Weber Trail the side of the rock ledge that makes up Wolf Hill is clearly visible.
Hours: sunrise to sunset, year round
Miles of Trails: 6 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Mostly a typical one person footpath, but varies in width from 3 to 8 feet
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.
Are Dogs Allowed? Dogs must be under owner's control. Owners must clean up after their pets.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Yes Limited room for horse trailers to park on the roadside of Waterview Drive. No off road parking available for horse trailers.
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Yes. Stay on paths.
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Other Amenities: At the Conservation Center there is an ADA accessible fishing dock.
There are picnic tables at the trailhead.
Trailhead Name: Conservation Center/Waterview Drive Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: This trailhead and the parking area for it area at the Smithfield Conservation Center building located off of Waterview Drive. Waterview Drive is next to the Police Station on RI Route 5 & 116. Look for the sign for "Autumn Run" which is the condominium complex at the end of Waterview Drive. The Conservation Center entrance is 100 yards from the state highway, on the right side with a narrow dirt road entrance in between the tall evergreens.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 15 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes
Trailhead Name: Carlton's Way Subdivision
Driving Landmarks: Carlton's Way is a subdivision that's under construction. The entrance is located across from 94 Mountaindale Road. At the back of the cul-de-sac is a gravel parking area for the trailhead, next to a boulder.
Parking: Yes: On street, 2 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on December 12, 2014