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Steere Hill Farm Conservation Area

Glocester, Glocester Land Trust

6.0 miles of trail

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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.

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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.

The Steere Hill Trailhead on Putnam PikeThe Summit of Steere Hill on the Steere Hill TrailThe Cart Path TrailBeech Trail

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Steere Hill is the largest of four abutting protected open space properties totaling over 447 acres. In this conserved area are also Phillips Farm, LePlat Woodland, and Heritage Park. Within this area are over seven miles of wide dirt/gravel roads and narrower foot paths created by the Town of Glocester and the Glocester Land Trust. Most trails have a gentle slope and visit scenic ledge vistas, vernal pools and wetlands, stands of American Beech, two large fields, miles of stone walls, trout streams, and stone foundation walls for barns and farmhouses.

The lower elevation of Steere Hill nearest to the parking area was the former Angell Farm and remnants of the silos, barn foundations and gates are still visible. The summit of Steere Hill was a vast orchard of apples, peaches, and pears. The orchard closed in 1963 and the land became overgrown with invasive plants such as Oriental Bittersweet, Japanese Barberry, Autumn Olive, and Multiflora Rose. Soon after the GLT acquired Steere Hill, and with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, it cleared much of the former orchard of the invasive plants and created a field of native grasses and wildflowers. This created a wildlife habitat needed by ground nesting birds and mammals, such as bobolinks, meadowlarks, woodcocks, bluebirds, owls, New England Cottontail Rabbits, and butterflies. The invasive plants killed most of the fruit trees, but a few apple trees remain and produce fruit which is very popular with the deer population.

Phillips Farm was once an orchard, but converted to a dairy farm. Remnants of the farming activity, such as old wagon wheels, manure spreader, and hay baler, can be seen along the trails. As on Steere Hill, the fields of Phillips Farm are left unmowed during the summer to allow ground nesting birds to breed.

In 1967 the Town of Glocester acquired the land for Heritage Park and created wide walking paths. In 1990 the newly formed Glocester Land Trust acquired Phillips Farm, which was a half mile from Heritage Park. When the Steere Hill property was acquired in 2002 it connected Heritage Park to Phillips Farm, followed by LePlat Woodland in 2010. 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.

Steere Hill is open year round from sunrise to sunset. During the winter months it is open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. In warm weather Steere Hill 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.

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

Other Amenities: In the summer there is a portable toilet as well as picnic tables at the summit of Steere Hill. In the winter the portable toilet is moved to the Putnam Pike trailhead.

Getting There:

Steere Hill 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 across from 383 Putnam Pike (Route 44) in Glocester, just east of the Harmony Post Office. The parking lot and trailhead are on the south side of the road (the right side if you are heading towards Providence).

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

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 53.64' N    71° 36.65' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Heritage Park 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 across from 57 Chestnut Oak Road, Glocester, about 0.4 miles south on Chestnut Oak Road from Route 44 (Putnam Pike). The parking lot and trailhead are on the left if you are headed south (away from Route 44) on Chestnut Oak Road.

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

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 53.53' N    71° 37.93' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

Awesome Experience

Submitted by: Anonymous; April 17, 2017; 6:12 pm

Steere Hill Farm conservation Hiking Trails are clean and well marked. I would rank them as easy to navigate and hike.
I will definitely return to explore

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