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Spencer West Property

Foster, Foster Land Trust

1.5 miles of trail

0.3 miles


Very Easy

0.3 miles of trail at this site are wheelchair and stroller-friendly, however, these trails may not meet ADA standards.


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.

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:

The two trails at the Spencer West Property in Foster make for a nice short hike around a pond or a longer hike through rocky terrain and mountain laurel. Beginning the trail at the steel access gate, at Pole 36 on Paine Rd, walkers will enjoy the smooth terrain of the combination trail and access road. For a half-mile loop passing by the pond, follow the trail to a fork where blue blazes to the right will continue on the access road and eventually to the pond. Be sure to stay right at the next fork, as well. The blazes will turn white again as the trail approaches the pond and sharply turns right to traverse along the north edge of the water. Follow this trail back to the access road to complete the Deer Pond Loop Trail. For a longer hike, stay left at the first fork to take the 1 mile Laurel Loop Trail around the back of the property. Meet back up with the Deer Pond Loop Trail at the access road portion.

Please note, water activities are not allowed in the pond.

Foster Land Trust web page for the Spencer West Property

Dogs: Yes, on leash. Please pick up after pets.

Horses: Yes, however parking is limited

Creature Challenge

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

Getting There:

Parking Area and Gate on Paine 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: Parking for the Spencer-West property is available between poles 38 and 39 on the east side of Paine Road. Paine Road begins on the north side of Route 6 in Foster, just a bit west of the junction of Routes 6 and 94. Once parked, walk north on Paine Road to the steel access gate at Pole 36 to get to the trail.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 4 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 49.09' N    71° 45.133' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


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This site report was last updated on September 21, 2023

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