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Pelloni Preserve

Hopkinton, Hopkinton Land Trust

1.9 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 not allowed here but it is permitted on nearby land. 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.

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.

What’s There:

WARNING: The trails and trailheads at this property are still under construction and may be hard to follow. There are no trailhead signs and parking for now is on the street shoulder. Do not assume all trails will be fully improved and well marked but they are "flagged" with surveyor's tape. Be prepared to turn around and retrace your steps if you reach a point where you are uncertain about the route of the trail ahead. Bring a map and compass and know how to use them to find your way if you get lost. The easement trail that extends out to Diamond Hill Road is not flagged, blazed or fully cleared at this time so please use only the Cedar Knoll Road entrance for the time being.

Two wooded, hilly tracts comprise the Pelloni Preserve. The northern tract is owned by the Hopkinton Land Trust and its eastern spur reaches to Tomaquag Brook adjacent to the site of Hopkinton’s first village. The spur to the brook is how dairy cows were watered. A 25 foot granite cliff complete with small caves separates a perched wetlands from the upland forest. A man-made drainage channel at the bottom of the cliff is spanned by a traditional stone slab bridge. Unusual Native American stone works are located on the property. The second tract consists of a trail easement; part of the greater Tomaquag Trail north - south system and combined, the tracts add 1.1 miles to Tomaquag Trail.

Note that there are two pages to the trail map. The first page shows just the Pelloni Preserve and immediately adjacent areas, while the second page shows the preserve and also the Tomaquag trail from Diamond Hill Road to Cedar Knoll Drive.

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

Horses: Yes, must stay on marked trails.

Bicycles: Yes, must stay on marked trails.

Getting There:

Cedar Knoll Drive 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: Look for a dirt laneway on west side of Cedar Knoll Drive mid-way between Bluebird Lane and Old Tavern Drive. Parallel park on Cedar Knoll Drive and walk up the laneway.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 26.351' N    71° 46.034' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Diamond Hill 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: Parallel park on the east side of Diamond Hill Road approximately 350 feet north of Andre Court.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 25.658' N    71° 46.281' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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