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Bradford Preserve

Westerly, Westerly Municipal Land Trust & Westerly Track and Athletic Club

2.2 miles of trail

Moderate

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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.

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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What’s There:

It can be easy to miss the Bradford Preserve hiking trails, along Route 91. You’ll see the sign and lacrosse fields and will need to have faith that the trailhead lies at the back of the southern field (to the right from the parking area). The trails at Bradford Preserve are maintained by the Westerly Municipal Land Trust and the Westerly Track & Athletic Club. Their primary purpose is to serve the Westerly High School Cross Country Team, but the trails are open to the public when not in use by the team. The trail is blazed orange and starts with a short entrance trail. Turning left at the first intersection to begin the loop, you will climb steadily uphill along the northern end of the trail. Look for stone wall remnants from past land use. You will see a trail spur on the left that will bring hikers to the Woody Hill Management Area. Continuing on the Bradford Preserve trails, hikers will come to a large field. Be sure to turn right and follow the field edge. Turning left will take hikers back into the woods along a trail used for organized trail runs. Following the edge of the field, with the woods to the right, spring and summer hikers will enjoy the multitude of beautiful winged insects, including butterflies and dragonflies, populating the field. Enter the woods again and descend downhill along the southern portion of the trail. Hikers will pass a small trail on the left that leads to a monument built to honor the Vars family, settlers in the area in the 17th century. After following the Bradford Preserve trails further, take the next left back onto the entrance trail and follow back to the lacrosse fields. Since the trail map does not have much detail, use care when walking here to avoid getting lost.

Adapted, with permission, from Trails and Walks Rhode Island.

Dogs: Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at ALL times. There is a bag kiosk and waste receptacle at the parking lot.

Bicycles: Please use common sense and be courteous to other trail users.

Getting There:

Trailhead Behind South Lacrosse Field 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: Look for the white Bradford Preserve sign on the south side of Route 91 south of the village of Bradford in Westerly. The trailhead is located on the edge of the woods in the back of the southern lacrosse field (to the left of the parking area).

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

Coordinates: 41° 23.477' N    71° 45.268' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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