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Knight Farm Conservation Area

Cranston, West Bay Land Trust

1.2 miles of trail

Moderate

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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.

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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.

What’s There:

The loop trail here provides a pleasant walk through the woods and past a farm field. The trail begins on a dirt road leading to the power line. About 0.1 miles after you cross the power line corridor you'll come to the start of the loop. Heading right here will take you counterclockwise around the loop. In about 0.1 miles you'll come to a short spur trail on the right leading to a seasonal brook. After visiting the brook continuing on down the main trail will take you to the corn field in about another 0.1 miles. Please follow the edge of the field to the entrance back into the woods marked by a post. The trail then passes over a seasonal stream and leads to an old dirt road that provided access to the site of a farmhouse that was demolished years ago. The trail returns to woods and back to the beginning of the loop. Turn right at the end of the loop to get back to the trailhead. The last part of the trail before you get back to the start of the loop may be obscured by ferns. Sections of the trail flood during spring. Large stands of summersweet (clethra alnifolia) are in bloom during early August.

While there are 1.2 miles of trail here, the walk from the trailhead around the loop and back to the trailhead is a roughly 1.7 mile hike because you walk the trail leading to the start of the loop in both directions.

West Bay Land Trust's web page for Knight Farm Conservation Area

Dogs: Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at ALL times.

Getting There:

Laten Knight Road Trailhead

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

Driving Landmarks: The trailhead is at the junction of Laten Knight Road and Beechwood Drive. Park along Beechwood Drive and then walk across Laten Knight Road to get to the start of the trail. The trail enters the woods about 150 feet west of the intersection so turn right on Laten Knight Road and then look for the trail on the left.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 45.275' N    71° 31.79' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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