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Sprague Farm

Glocester, Glocester Land Trust

6.0 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.

Hunting is permitted here in season. 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.

Trailhead for the Loop TrailThe Loop Trail in SpringA Vernal Pool at Sprague FarmA Glacial Fen at Sprague Farm

What’s There:

Sprague Farm is approximately 1,200 acres of forest. Within Sprague Farm there are several miles of wide dirt/gravel roads used by area farmers for generations, and several miles of narrower foot paths created by the Glocester Land Trust. Most trails have a gentle slope and visit scenic ledge vistas, stands of Striped Maple, a glacial fen, an Atlantic White Cedar wetland, several fields, miles of stone walls, stone slab bridges over several streams, the Sprague family cemetery, and stone foundation walls for barns and farmhouses.

The Glocester Land Trust began acquiring Sprague Farm in 1990 with the purchase of 247 acres which was the core and last remaining actively farmed area. In the intervening years the Land Trust has quadrupled the area protected from development by acquiring adjacent parcels which are called woodlands. Acquisition funding was from a combination of Town of Glocester Open Space Bonds, RI DEM Open Space Bonds, The Nature Conservancy, Champlain Foundations, and private contributions.

In 2009 Sprague Farm was the site of RI Natural History Survey's BioBlitz. In a 24 hour period, professional and amateur scientists explored Sprague Farm and found nearly 1,000 different wildlife species. Sprague Farm is featured in Ken Weber's book 'Weekend Walks in Rhode Island.'

Sprague Farm is open year round from sunrise to sunset. During the fall this area is open for deer and turkey hunting. During the winter months Sprague Farm is open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. In warm weather Sprague Farm is a popular place for horseback riding, jogging, geocaching, dog walks, and casual walks.

Glocester Land Trust website

Dogs: Yes: must be under owners control (voice or leash). Remove/knock waste off trail.

Horses: Yes: To minimize erosion, no riding for 48 hours after heavy rain. Primary trailer parking is at the Pine Orchard Rd - Loop Trail trailhead. Other parking areas are large enough for a few trailers.

Bicycles: Yes: only on wide gravel trails. To minimize erosion, no riding for 48 hours after heavy rain.

Other Amenities: None

Getting There:

Loop Trail 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 parking area for this trailhead is across the road from 162 Pine Orchard Road, Glocester, which is about 0.8 miles south of where Pine Orchard Road takes off from Route 44.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 54.53' N    71° 42.15' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Kilmartin Woodland 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: There is a dirt parking lot for this trailhead at the southern end of Sprague Hill Road (gravel), at the junction with Elbow Rock Road, one mile south of Route 44 (Putnam Pike).

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 8 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 54.37' N    71° 43.76' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Huckins Woodland 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 parking lot for this trailhead is next to (just east of) 1736 Putnam Pike (Route 44), Glocester.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 8 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 55.2' N    71° 43.13' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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