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Thewlis Woods

South Kingstown, South Kingstown Land Trust

0.8 miles of trail

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Very Easy

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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.

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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.

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Harold Thewlis donated 27 acres of wooded upland to The Nature Conservancy in May 1994. TNC then passed ownership of the property to the South Kingstown Land Trust. According to Mr Thewlis's will, the South Kingstown Land Trust (SKLT) holds the land without restrictions. To date, SKLT has been fortunate to be able to keep this land as open space, and been able to raise funds for land purchases and operations from other sources.

Thewlis Woods features stands of eastern white pine, scarlet oak and beech. Turkey, coyote, fisher cat and many other animals find food and shelter on this property. A hiking 0.8 mile trail built in 2006 by John Tarasevitch as an Eagle Scout project, and generously funded by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), gives the hiker access to this beautiful property.

South Kingstown Land Trust trail maps web page

Dogs: Yes. Must be on a leash.

Other Amenities: None

Getting There:

Pine Hill 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: Coming from the north on Route 1 south go past the first exits for Wakefield. After you pass the Pond Street exit go another mile on Route 1 south and take the next exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Post Road. In 0.4 miles, when Post Road bears right, go straight onto Old Post Road. Go 0.2 miles and take a sharp left onto Dockray Road. Proceed on Dockray for about 500 feet then take a right onto Pine Hill Road. The road takes a sharp bend to the left then climbs a small hill. Proceed for 0.32 mile. Park on the right side shoulder just before the trail sign.

Coming from the south (Charlestown) on Route 1 north go past the Fuller Road exit and go another 1.6 miles on Route 1 north. Use the turn-around in the median to get onto Route 1 south and take the first exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Post Road. In 0.4 miles, when Post Road bears right, go straight onto Old Post Road. Go 0.2 miles and take a sharp left onto Dockray Road. Proceed on Dockray for about 500 feet then take a right onto Pine Hill Road. The road takes a sharp bend to the left then climbs a small hill. Proceed for 0.32 mile. Park on the right side shoulder just before the trail sign.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 26.421' N    71° 30.883' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


The South County Bike Path runs a couple of miles east of Thewlis Woods


 

So Peaceful

Submitted by: Allison; May 3, 2020; 6:05 pm

It is a beautiful kind of hidden spot. I nearly drove past the entrance. Once there though, it's a fairly easy path, just long enough to stretch your legs without it being a place where you need to stop and rest. I love that it loops around so you don't have to worry about getting lost. So peaceful that it has become a favorite spot.

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Photo Credit: Allison

Photo Credit: Allison

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