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Anderson Preserve, Westerly

The Westerly Land Trust

Description & Overview:

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The Anderson Preserve trail heads down the remains of an old lane towards the Pawcatuck River, with a diverse forest on the left and the lawn of a private residence on the right. As it approaches the river, the path veers to the left before turning left to follow the river. It ends at a small sandy beach on the river. There is a large vernal pool in the woods just above the beach.

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


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 small beach on the riverfront of the Anderson Preserve. There are no restrooms.


Coordinates: 41° 24.369' N    71° 48.274' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

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Driving Landmarks: The trailhead is on Potter Hill Road about 0.3 miles north of the junction with Hiscox Road, where Potter Hill Road takes a sharp bend to the left, or about 0.7 miles south of the bridge over the Pawcatuck River in the historic Potter Hill Mill village community. It is across the road from a hilly property that has been cleared and is being developed. Coming from the south, if you come to the overhead power lines you went too far. The trailhead is at the southern edge of the preserve, right next to a house.

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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