Hayfield Property, Foster
Foster Land Trust
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:
This 101 acre area is the former Hayfield family farm purchased by The Nature Conservancy and transferred to the Foster Land Trust in 2001. The land is gently rolling with many stone walls crisscrossing the trails. Several fields on the property are maintained as hayfields or as wildlife habitat for ground nesting birds. Many of the trails are old farm cart paths. At the southern edge of the property is the Ponagansett River and the remains of a sawmill, barns, a viaduct that directed water from the river to the mill, and granite bridge abutments. Long term plans are to connect the Hayfield trail system to trails on adjacent RI DEM property and the nearby Foster Land Trust Spencer property. Also a long loop trail within the Hayfield property is being created by students from the Ponagansett Regional High School.
Hours: sunrise to sunset, open all year
Miles of Trails: 3 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Typical one person footpaths and old farm cart paths
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? Yes
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Yes
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Yes
Is Hunting Permitted? Hunting is not allowed on this property but is in nearby areas. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!
Trailhead Name: Hayfield Trail
Driving Landmarks: The trailhead is across from the now closed Winsor Forest Products sawmill, and south of the RI State Police Training Academy. Parking is along the edge of Winsor Road. Trail entrance is at telephone pole no. 54.
Parking: Yes: On street, 12 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on November 7, 2016