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Browning Woods

South Kingstown, South Kingstown Land Trust

3.0 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.

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.

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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 well marked 3-mile Browning Trail crosses three parcels. The largest, the 165 acre Browning Woods Farm, was purchased from Harold Browning Jr. in 1999. In 2001 and 2003, the two adjacent lots were purchased from the Kenney family and the Animal Rescue League, together encompassing 21.8 acres. These acquisitions were funded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC)(with funds from The Champlin Foundations and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), RI Department of Environmental Management's Forest Legacy and local open space bond programs, the Town of South Kingstown's open space bond program, and the RI Greenways Council. The Greenways grant also helped to fund the trail construction and signage.

The trail begins at about 100 feet above sea level, passing over a swamp and intermittent stream, before ascending to almost 200 feet through wooded uplands. Visitors can view the remains of the Browning homestead and another long abandoned cellar hole. The Woods Farm was part of the original Pettaquamscutt purchase and was in the Browning family for 10 generations before it was protected by the South Kingstown Land Trust. This large area adds to the nearby Card's Camp land, protected in 1999 by TNC; another important step in building a corridor of protected land through the area. The Card's Camp land was purchased through a partnership of TNC, Camp JORI, the Town of South Kingstown and The Champlin Foundations.

South Kingstown Land Trust trail maps web page

Dogs: Yes. Must be on a leash.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: Trails are suitable for snowshoeing but not skiing

Other Amenities: None

Getting There:

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: Coming from the north (Wakefield) on Route 1 south turn right onto Shannock Road. Go 1.3 miles on Shannock Road, to the stop sign. Bear left there and continue another 0.2 mile on Shannock Road. The parking area will be on the right, across from Moraine Court.

Coming from the south (Charlestown) on Route 1 north, go past the Charlestown Beach exit and continue on Route 1 north for 2.1 miles to the turn-around (U-turn) on the left for Post Road/Perryville. Use this turn-around to get onto Route 1 north and then follow the directions above. The turn for Shannock Road is 0.9 miles from the U-turn.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 6 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 24.788' N    71° 36.362' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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