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Sowams Woods

Barrington, Barrington Land Conservation Trust

0.8 miles of trail

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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.

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.

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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.

A View out over Echo LakeThe Information Kiosk just in from the main trailhead on Washington RoadA View down one of the TrailsA View down one of the TrailsA View down one of the TrailsThe Sign at the main Washington Road TrailheadThe Sign at the South Lake Drive Trailhead

What’s There:

Seven short, blazed trails wind through the 7.5 acre Sowams Woods property. The trails are fairly flat but do have occasional fallen trees across them and there are wooden steps in some places. The purple trail runs along the ridge beside Echo Lake and often has great springtime views of osprey diving for fish in the lake. Multiple types of birds can be seen through the seasons. On the yellow blazed trails there are two vernal pools that are home to spring peepers, wood frogs, fairy shrimp and spotted salamanders. You may spot deer as they walk through the pine, oak and holly-filled woods.

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

Getting There:

Washington 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 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 trailhead is on Washington Street but note that there is no parking on Washington Street. You can park nearby along Spinnaker Drive, Lighthouse Lane, or Tallwood Drive.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 43.983' N    71° 20.227' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


South Lake Drive 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: This trailhead is on the north side of South Lake Drive, 100 yards from the intersection with Washington Road. Note that South Lake Drive is one way from Washington Street to Middle Highway. It is also in poor condition and may at some point be closed.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 2 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 43.974' N    71° 20.117' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


From the East Bay Bicycle Path: turn south on Washington Road. Sowams Woods will be on the left in 1/2 a mile.


 

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