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Spruce Acres Farm

Middletown, Aquidneck Land Trust

1.5 miles of trail

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Very Easy

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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.

The Landscape at Spruce Acres FarmA Trailhead Kiosk at Spruce Acres Farm, located just beyond the outbuildings at the site.Signs for the Blue Trail at Spruce Acres FarmThe Old Farm Road (Central Trail) at Spruce Acres Farm

What’s There:

Spruce Acres is a 22.7 acre former Christmas tree farm on Middletown/Portsmouth town line. The site was purchased by Aquidneck Land Trust in 2017 with the help of the community and officially opened for trail use in 2018. A total of 1.5 miles of hiking trail loop through the site. There is a one-way in one-way out parking lot located off East Main Rd with ample parking. It is an important conservation site in a number of ways, featuring great wildlife habitat, prime soils, and an important location in the Sisson Pond watershed.

At the parking lot there is a trailhead kiosk and trail signage that will direct you behind a few outbuildings to the Gewirz Trail. Please follow trail rules and be respectful of neighbors. The buildings in the frontage area on site are not public access. After proceeding past the frontage area that includes the buildings and some lawns, the trail follows an old farm road for a few hundred feet before opening up into the more natural hiking trails.

There is a one-mile blue loop around the perimeter of the property and various trails cutting through the old tree farm rows of spruces with hardwoods and scrub-shrub habitats mixed in. If you walk every trail on site and head back to the car you will walk 1.5 miles.

Aquidneck Land Trust will be making improvements to the site as time goes along to include benches, interpretative signage, a community garden, native plantings, and lease of certain areas for farming.

Aquidneck Land Trust's web page for Spruce Acres Farm

Dogs: Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at ALL times.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: The trails are not groomed but are flat enough for either snowshoeing or skiing. Some sections of trail are fairly tight for skiing.

Getting There:

East Main Road Trailhead

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Driving Landmarks: The street address is 1286 East Main Rd, Middletown RI. This brings you to the house on the property but it is a shared driveway. The parking area is on the west side of East Main Rd. The closest intersection is Mitchells Lane and East Main Rd. Parking is obvious.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 19 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 32.32' N    71° 15.985' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Yes, the Route 60 Providence/ Newport bus stops on East Main Road very close to the entrance to Spruce Acres Farm


 

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