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Rocky Hill Road Conservation Area

North Smithfield, North Smithfield Land Trust

0.7 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.

The Sign at the TrailheadA View down one of the TrailsBench in Memory of Donald P. GagnonMushrooms Along the Trail

What’s There:

Those in search of a short walk in the woods will enjoy the trail at the North Smithfield Land Trust's Rocky Hill Conservation Area. There are about 0.7 miles of trails here. Enter the trail at the North Smithfield Land Trust sign across from 382 Rocky Hill Road. Follow the yellow blazes down the trail over bridges and past old stone walls. Just past the second bridge the trail splits. Follow it in either direction to loop around and return to the split. Observe birds, small mammals, plenty of ferns, and a vibrant fungus community after rain. In keeping with the name, the trail can be rocky in places. Walk carefully after leaf fall and when there is snow on the ground.

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

Creature Challenge

This is a Creature Challenge site. The creature is on the Yellow Trail.
Learn more about the Creature Challenge.

Getting There:

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

Driving Landmarks: This trailhead is on Rocky Hill Road, 0.7 miles from the T-junction at Grange Road. The trailhead is across the street from 382 Rocky Hill Road, North Smithfield.

Parking: Yes: On street, 2 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 56.857' N    71° 31.69' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Swimming in gorton pond Warwick

Submitted by: William Moore ; January 22, 2023; 2:27 am

Born in 1938 and throughout world war II it was possible to swim in Gorton pond although the APPAnog company polluted it with its discharge. Has it been cleaned up now so it is swimmable?
[Moderator's Comment: Gorton Pond has a public beach on it so while I do not have specific information on the cleanliness of the water I presume the City of Warwick is monitoring the water quality and has deemed it safe for swimming.]

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