This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & Overview:
Tillinghast Pond is a beautiful 41-acre pond with many coves and inlets to poke into in a small boat. The pond is completely within the Tillinghast Pond Management Area and so the shoreline is wild and natural. There are some hay fields that come down close to the north side of the pond.
Tillinghast Pond Management Area is adjacent to the Wickaboxet Management Area, which is adjacent to Pratt Conservation Area. These three areas are owned and jointly managed by RI DEM, the West Greenwich Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy. At over 2700 acres, this is one of the largest areas of protected land in Rhode Island and with over 10 miles of marked trails there are lots of options for walking. In the northeast part of the pond is a small pier that provides a good place from which to view the pond, but since it has a railing around it, this pier is not a good place to get in and out of boats. To get to the pier on land, follow the trail that runs around the pond.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Pawcatuck River watershed: Tillinghast Pond.
Town: West Greenwich
Driving Landmarks: From I-95 north or south take exit 5B for route 102/Victory Highway. This will put you on route 102/Victory Highway heading north. Go about 3 1/2 miles north on route 102 and then turn left onto Plain Meeting House Road. Go 3.9 miles west on Plain Meeting House Road and turn right onto Plain Road. Look for a gravel parking area on the right, 0.6 miles up Plain Road. Look for a short path leading down to the shore from the north end of the parking lot. There are steps on this path, but it is not very steep.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: pond
Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.
Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: Natural earth shoreline. May be a bit muddy at times.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 80 feet
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset, all year
Parking: parking lot, 24 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Hiking & Walking Trails:
Miles of hiking/walking trails accessible from this trailhead: 10 miles
Public Restrooms: No
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This site report was last updated on January 5, 2013