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South Farm Preserve

Charlestown, Town of Charlestown

2.4 miles of trail

0.6 miles

0.6 miles of trail at this site are wheelchair and stroller-friendly, however, these trails may not meet ADA standards.


Very Easy

Trails that are smooth and relatively level with no steps, no roots, stones or uneven ground. These may be paved, crushed stone, continuous boardwalk and similar surfaces. These trails have a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.


Relatively flat and smooth trails with a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.


May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.


Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

Hunting is not allowed here but it is permitted on nearby land. Wear blaze orange during hunting season. More information

Click on the "Trail Map (PDF)" button to download a PDF of the trail map that you can print and take with you on the trail.

Avenza maps are special, free maps that you can use in the Avenza app on your smart phone. These maps let you see your location on the map as you walk. Download the Avenza App for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play

Click on the Avenza Trail Map button to "purchase" the free map for this trail from the Avenza map store. If this is your first time, Avenza will ask you to set up an account to check out. However, all Avenza trail maps listed on ExploreRI are free.

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.

The Sign at the Entrance on Old Coach RoadOne of the FieldsThe Firebox from the Sauna

What’s There:

The South Farm Preserve is made up of two fields each with a trail around the perimeter and woodland trails at the southern end of the south trail. The fields are connected by a trail.
The preserve was originally a working farm and there is a restored sheep barn and the firebox of a sauna. On the far-right side of the north field, just off Old Coach Road, are the remains of the house, garden, and some old fruit trees. There is also a historic cemetery where many members of the Card family are buried. Most graves date back to the 1800s.

The trails are cut regularly, but the fields are home to birds and butterflies, and so are not cut until late in the year.

This 118-acre South Farm Preserve is adjacent to The Nature Conservancy’s more than 500-acre Pasquiset Pond Preserve.

Charlestown Conservation Commission web page

A short piece about this preserve on the Charlestown Citizens Alliance website

Dogs: Must be leashed or under voice command

Horses: Horses are permitted only on field perimeter trails and the trail connecting the two fields. Riders must pick up after their horse.

Getting There:

Old Coach Road Trailhead

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
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of

Driving Landmarks: The parking lot is off Old Coach Road, across the road from a horse farm.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 25.183' N    71° 36.936' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


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This site report was last updated on April 29, 2020

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