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Bush Hill Nature Reserve

North Kingstown, Land Conservancy of North Kingstown

0.5 miles of trail

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Very Easy

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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 Baptist Church TrailheadA View of the Salt Marsh from the Brush Hill Trails

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The trail at Bush Hill Nature Reserve is a very easy stroll accessible from Wickford Village. The reserve is a good place for bird watching and there are great views of the salt marsh. The land was once part of the extensive Spink family farm. It was donated to the Land Conservancy of North Kingstown by the de Guzman family in memory of Adelaide Dawson Lynch (1917-1992) who loved Wickford, this land, and its wildlife.

There is an esker (geological feature) that you hike along, looking into Bush Hill Pond. This pond was used as a source of ice and skating in historic times.

Land Conservancy of North Kingstown

Dogs: Yes, Please keep dogs leashed and pick up waste.

Getting There:

West Main Street 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: To reach this trailhead from Tower Hill Road/Post Road/Route 1 take West Main Street/Route 1A towards Wickford Village. Go about 1/2 mile and park where you can find a parking spot on West Main Street in downtown Wickford. The public right-of-way access to the trailhead is available down the driveway between 18 West Main St. and 6 West Main St., Wickford (stay to the right on the main driveway).

Parking: Yes: On street, 30 spaces, overnight parking permitted

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 34.331' N    71° 27.149' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


First Baptist Church Land 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: If coming from the south, head north on Brown Street, then turn right onto Main Street. If coming from the west, continue straight on W Main Street. Turn Left onto Church Lane. Make Left into Church parking lot.

NOTE: This trailhead is on private property owned by the First Baptist Church. However, they are kind enough to allow parking if they are not having events. Please be considerate when using their parking lot. You can also park on Main Street, which is free and open to the public.

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

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 34.367' N    71° 27.07' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

where is it?

Submitted by: k.s.; November 21, 2019; 8:26 am

you do not give an easy direction for north kingstown residents 15 years here and i don't know where this is? this explanation as to where it is ???? somewhat of a mystery please give me directions if you rec. this email thank you K>S.


Easy Walk for Kids, Bird-watcher & People Who need a little Respite

Submitted by: Anonymous; August 21, 2019; 8:31 am

If you have limited time to get away but need a little peace and quiet - come walk the Bush Hill Preserve - just steps from Wickford Village. It's popular with birders. Fundraising for a footbridge is underway to make it possible to extend the path to Wilson Park and view of the harbor at the DEM boat launch. It is especially beautiful in the autumn. Come. Take a rest from the hectic world nearby.

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