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Hayfield Property

Foster, Foster Land Trust

3.0 miles of trail



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.


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.


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.


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:

This 101 acre area is the former Hayfield family farm purchased by The Nature Conservancy and transferred to the Foster Land Trust in 2001. The land is gently rolling with many stone walls crisscrossing the trails. Several fields on the property are maintained as hayfields or as wildlife habitat for ground nesting birds. Many of the trails are old farm cart paths. At the southern edge of the property is the Ponagansett River and the remains of a sawmill, barns, a viaduct that directed water from the river to the mill, and granite bridge abutments. Long term plans are to connect the Hayfield trail system to trails on adjacent RI DEM property and the nearby Foster Land Trust Spencer property. Also a long loop trail within the Hayfield property is being created by students from the Ponagansett Regional High School.

Foster Land Trust page on the Town of Foster website

Getting There:

Hayfield Trail 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
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of

Driving Landmarks: The trailhead is across from the now closed Winsor Forest Products sawmill, and south of the RI State Police Training Academy. Parking is along the edge of Winsor Road. Trail entrance is at telephone pole no. 54.

Parking: Yes: On street, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 50.417' N    71° 43.783' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Hunting allowed. Beware. orange required

Submitted by: Anonymous; December 4, 2020; 12:17 pm

Wish I was forewarned about hunting prior to one hour drive to get here.

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