Frenchtown Park, Laurel Wood, and Fry Family Preserve Trails, East Greenwich
East Greenwich Municipal Land Trust
Description & Overview:
Located right across Frenchtown Elementary School on Frenchtown Road, the Frenchtown Park, Laurel Wood, and Fry Family Nature Preserve trails span three connected parcels, totaling approximately 125 acres and 2.5 miles of trails. From the parking lot behind the East Greenwich Parks and Recreation Department building, the trail begins with a walk alongside a small pond connected to the Frenchtown Brook water system. The trail then forks to the east, west and north. To the east, you will find old mill ruins, relics of the old Tillinghast cotton mill factory. The western route will take you to a dirt road that ends with the second trailhead on Tillinghast Road. Walking north will take you through Laurel Wood and into the Fry Family Nature Preserve trail loop.
Hours: dawn to dusk, open all year
Miles of Trails: 2.5 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: 3-4 feet in the beginning narrowing down to a footpath in most parts. Dirt road widens to approximately 6 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? Must be kept on leash at all times; dog owners must pick up waste.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Bicycles are permitted but are only practical to use on some trails
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Trailhead Name: Frenchtown Park Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: 1127 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818
Located behind the Parks and Recreation building.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 15 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes
Trailhead Name: Tillinghast Road Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: This trailhead is across the street from a pond. It's an opening along the roadside, just past Arrowhead Trail (road) if are going north on Tillinghast Road.
Parking: Yes: On street, 3 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on July 12, 2017