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The Flora H. Whiteley Preserve, Westerly

The Westerly Land Trust

Description & Overview:

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From the Potter Hill Road trailhead at the southern end of the preserve, the trail heads into an old field before crossing a stream and entering a forest. Native American holly trees grow in this area. The trail works its way down to the Pawcatuck River before heading downstream toward the bridge and the ruins of the old Potter Hill Mill. The trail rises to a granite ledge overlook, which makes a nice picnic spot, before continuing on; passing small vernal pools before crossing a stone wall and going into a field. The trail continues across the field to Potter Hill Road near the bridge and the Potter Hill Dam.

Westerly Land Trust web page for their conservation properties

Trail Safety Information
 

What's There:

Hours: Sunrise to sunset, all year

Miles of Trails: 0.3 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Typical one person 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: Snowshoeing is viable but not cross-country skiing

Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Must be under control or on leash. Waste pick up required.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No

Is Hunting Permitted? No

Other Amenities: There is a bench at the Potter Hill Bridge trailhead at the north end of the Whiteley Preserve. A portage around the Potter Hill Mill Dam passes near the bench. There are no restrooms at the Whiteley Preserve.

Trailheads:

Trailhead Name: Potter Hill Bridge (North) Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 24.83' N    71° 47.87' 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 the upstream side of Potter Hill Road just before it crosses the Pawcatuck River into Hopkinton. There is a single parking space on the side of the little garage, away from the bridge. There may be some roadside parking on the downstream side of the bridge on Hopkinton side of the river.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 1 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Potter Hill Road (South) Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 24.707' N    71° 48.01' 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: To find this trailhead on Potter Hill Road look for a sign on the side of the road, about 300 yards north of Lima Drive or 450 yards south of the bridge and the historic Potter Hill Mill village community. The trail starts at the sign.

Parking: Yes: On street, 6 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

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This site report was last updated on February 29, 2012

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