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Wolf Hill Forest Preserve

Smithfield, Smithfield 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.

What’s There:

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Wolf Hill is a long, rocky, north-south ridge running through the middle of the town of Smithfield, west of I-295 and east of the southern part of Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond). All the trails are gently rolling, with the exception of a southern portion of Mary Mowry Trail which is very steep and rocky. Many of the trails are old farm roads from the time this was Mowry Farm. Most of the property is a mature oak and maple forest, with a few stands of pine and hemlock. The undergrowth contains many huckleberry and lowbush blueberry bushes. Several vernal pools are visible from the trails. In 2000 this property was acquired by the Smithfield Land Trust and in the ensuing years abutting land was acquired so that the protected area is now 300 acres.

In the center of the property is a memorial to three airmen who perished when their plane crashed on this site in August 1943. Bisecting the property is a right-of-way for National Grid's high voltage power lines. This right-of-way has created a low bush habitat for wildlife and here deer, wild turkeys, songbirds, and hawks can often be seen. At the southern end of the property is Mercer Outlook which offers views of the Providence skyline and beyond. Along the Ken Weber Trail the side of the rock ledge that makes up Wolf Hill is clearly visible.

Information on the 1943 plane crash.

Dogs: Dogs must be under owner's control. Owners must clean up after their pets.

Horses: Yes. Limited room for horse trailers to park on the roadside of Waterview Drive. No off road parking available for horse trailers.

Bicycles: Yes. Stay on paths.

Other Amenities: At the Conservation Center there is an ADA accessible fishing dock.

There are picnic tables at the trailhead.

Getting There:

Conservation Center/Waterview 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: This trailhead and the parking area for it area at the Smithfield Conservation Center building located off of Waterview Drive. Waterview Drive is next to the Police Station on RI Route 5 & 116. Look for the sign for "Autumn Run" which is the condominium complex at the end of Waterview Drive. The Conservation Center entrance is 100 yards from the state highway, on the right side with a narrow dirt road entrance in between the tall evergreens.

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

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 53.9' N    71° 32.417' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Carlton's Way Subdivision 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: Carlton's Way is a subdivision that's under construction. The entrance is located across from 94 Mountaindale Road. At the back of the cul-de-sac is a gravel parking area for the trailhead, next to a boulder. PLEASE NOTE that there are only two off-street parking spaces. Parking on the street is allowed by please be careful not to block driveways or mailboxes, or park on people's lawns. If there is not space to park without creating problems or if you are planning a group trip that involves multiple cars please consider using another trailhead.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 2 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 52.867' N    71° 31.267' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


I love it here!

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Exceptional resource!

Submitted by: Andy; February 4, 2019; 6:31 pm

The Smithfield Land Trust has done a tremendous service to us; preserving and protecting this wonderful gift that all can enjoy. Beautiful vistas, well-marked trails and ample parking for easy access make this a favorite hike. Choose from trails that accommodate less strenuous goals, to challenging climbs and distance. Grab you boots and give it a go!

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Wolf hill preserve Carlton's Trail parking

Submitted by: Anonymous; December 9, 2017; 9:14 pm

There are only two parking spaces provided at this Trail head. Parking on street is causing problems with residents mail delivery, driveway access, construction vehicle access and property damage when parking on lawns.There are larger alternate parking areas available on Mountaindale Rd near bridge and Waterview Dr near police station.


Get out and Explore

Submitted by: S Reilly; February 26, 2017; 11:11 am

Rhode Island has some awesome wooded trails, get out there and explore. Love your website!

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