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George B. Salter Memorial Grove

Warwick, RI Department of Environmental Management

0.7 miles of trail

0.3 miles

0.3 miles of trail at this site are wheelchair and stroller-friendly, however, these trails may not meet ADA standards.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Duck hunting is permitted in season only on Rock Island, which should not be visited then by people not engaged in hunting.

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.

Salt Marsh at Salter GroveBlack Gum tree beside a vernal poolTulip TreePeople fishing from the causewayAmerican Mink at Salter GroveAmerican White Pelican surrounded by CormorantsRed-bellied Woodpecker

What’s There:

Salter Grove, a small suburban park overlooking the Providence River, is a great place to start exploring nature in Rhode Island, especially for students and families. Novice naturalists can conveniently learn the 155 bird and 300+ plant species observed there and then apply the knowledge elsewhere in Rhode Island and beyond.

On the mainland portion of the park, four short, well maintained trails (total 0.7 mi) traverse and connect diverse habitats including lawns, woodland, vernal pond, and salt marsh (detailed trail descriptions are available on the Guide to Salter Grove website). Walk south to their trailheads from three totem posts on the edge of the parking lot.

Woody plants, such as American elm, black gum, black cherry, black oak, dawn redwood, green ash, tree-of-heaven, and tulip tree along the trails are discretely labeled with black markers.

At observation stations, gold markers with QR-codes provide links to ecological, geological, and historical information from the Guide to Salter Grove. This is a smart phone-accessible and interactive website dedicated to helping visitors identify plants and birds while they are in the park.

Tapping the Sightings button in the Guide leads to a gallery of the birds or flowering and fruiting plants a visitor can expect to see for the day. Tapping on a mugshot will lead to more photos and life history information for each species. Curious visitors, parents, and teachers can explore the Guide to Salter Grove website in greater depth at home on their computer to prepare an education visit for their young charges.

A causeway connects the mainland to the breakwater and both provide lovely views of the Providence River and wintering waterfowl. Fishermen flock to the breakwater when schools of bait fish lure game fish up the river. Except for periods of very high tide, it is possible to walk safely out to Rock Island.

Salter Grove is not just for learning about plants and wildlife. It is also a favorite destination for families with young children throughout the year because of its beautiful playground set among greenery. Audubon Hill at its south end has traditionally been a favorite for sledding after a good snowfall.

Note that contrary to usual mapping conventions, north is down on the trail map.

Friends of Salter Grove website

Guide to Salter Grove

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

Bicycles: Salter Grove is bike-accessible, but bikes are not permitted off of paved surfaces.

Other Amenities: There is Portapotty (in season), picnic tables, bicycle rack, and playground. Fishing is possible from causeway and breakwater.

Getting There:

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

Driving Landmarks: The entrance to the park is on Narragansett Parkway, about a mile south of Pawtuxet Village. All of the trailheads are a short walk from the parking lot.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 20 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 45.197' N    71° 22.977' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

The RIPTA 4 bus stops on Narragansett Parkway, near Gillooly Drive, a few hundred feet from the entrance to the park.


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