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Richard Trails Preserve

Charlestown, Town of Charlestown

1.9 miles of trail

Moderate

Easy

Difficult

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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.

Easy

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.

Moderate

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.

Difficult

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 South County TrailThe Trail

What’s There:

The Richard Trails Preserve contains a small network of trails. Some cover relatively flat ground, while others lead up quite steep hills. The trails run through a scrub oak and pitch pine forest.

There are two trails (one with a loop extension). One trail is rated Easy, one is rated Moderately Difficult and the loop extension is rated Difficult.

The preserve encompasses 95 acres but much of the surrounding landscape is also forested. The preserve is adjacent to Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge land and Narragansett Indian tribal Lands.

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

Getting There:

South County Trail Parking Lot 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 ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The entrance to the parking lot is on South County Trail near the Charlestown Town Hall and just north of Narrow Lane.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking

Coordinates: 41° 24.199' N    71° 38.483' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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