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Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park

Westerly, The Westerly Land Trust

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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.

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.

What’s There:

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The 134-acre Glacier Park is a dramatic example of a recessional moraine glacial landscape, with kettle and kame topography, carved canyons, glacial erratic boulders and the moraine ridge. A number of the kettles are below the groundwater level, forming beautiful ponds. The morainal ridge over looks the glacial outwash plain (86-acre Lathrop Preserve owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island), Winnapaug Pond, the Misquamicut barrier beach, Block Island Sound, and the terminal moraine of Block Island and Long Island.

A glacier geologist has reported than having all of these features in an undeveloped site is globally unique.

There are over 2 miles of trails on the property. Some of the trails follow ridges and some follow valleys. There are a few steep trails up the sides of ridges.

Following the arrival of settlers from Europe, the property was part of a large farm. An Inn was located at one time on Shore Road where guests could ride horses. The former field across Shore Road was used as a Polo Field by people from the Watch Hill resort community. The property was seized after Pearl Harbor for a shoreline battery to protect the area from a German invasion. The property was permanently protected by the Westerly Land Trust in cooperation with Newbury Development Company, which built two clusters of active senior residences on 38 acres, which are surrounded by Preserve land.

When walking here you may come across some areas where trees have recently been cut down. For an explanation for why these trees were cut down, see this op-ed published in the Westerly Sun in 2015.

Westerly Land Trust web page for their conservation properties

Dogs: Yes. Must be under control or on leash. Waste pick up required.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: Yes, some but not all of the trails are suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Other Amenities: There are a few rustic benches but otherwise there are no amenities and no restrooms.

Getting There:

Tom Harvey Road 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: Enter Newbury Way off Tom Harvey Road, across from the Westerly Industrial Park and the Westerly Airport. The parking spaces are immediately on the right. Additional roadside parking is available on Tom Harvey Road.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 20.6' N    71° 48.38' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Shore Road 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: Enter Newbury Way from Shore Road (Route 1A) east of Winnapaug Road. Take the first right and the parking spaces are immediately on the right.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 3 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 20.015' N    71° 48.3' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

Please pick up after your dog

Submitted by: Jo; September 12, 2020; 1:46 pm

Please pick up after your dogs please. It is time consuming and unpleasant to clean the crevices of hiking shoes, not to mention the smell even after cleaning thoroughly and also in the car ride home. To be honest, most people do clean up but even one or two will spoil someone's day. Thank you. Happy Hiking.

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keep this park beautiful

Submitted by: JoJo RI; June 8, 2020; 4:39 pm

Please take your trash with you. So disappointing to see trash in such a beautiful place.

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