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Gold Star - Atlantic White Cedar Swamp

Cumberland, Cumberland Land Trust

3.0 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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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 area is a grouping of several properties acquired over the years by the Cumberland Land Trust. On Nate Whipple Highway is the 23-acre Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Preserve. In 2018 the Cumberland Land Trust built bog bridges that allowed easier access to that property which had become flooded due to beaver dams. On Pound Road is the 38-acre Gold Star Preserve that was donated to the land trust by the owner who was subdividing adjacent property to the west for house lots. Initially only one trail existing that ran between the two roads. To the east is the 72-acre Burlingame Preserve that was long thought to be not feasible for trails due to wetlands. However, after exploration a dry trail route was found to connect Burlingame to the other preserves and in 2018 over two miles of trails were created.

All the trails are marked, gently rolling, and easy to walk upon with very few rocky areas. The Burlingame Preserve has miles of stone walls that separated numerous wood lots and pastures in the 1800's. Some of those pastures are still clearly visible with little undergrowth.

To the east of the Burlingame preserve is the privately owned Cumberland Beagle Club. Gun shots may be heard while club members are using their target or skeet range. The ranges faces away from the land trust property.

Dogs: Yes, must be leashed and waste removed by owner

Getting There:

White Cedar Swamp 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 ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: This trailhead is at 215 Nate Whipple Highway (RI Route 120), across from the western entrance to Sneech Pond Road.

Parking: Yes: On street, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 58.654' N    71° 26.157' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Gold Star 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 ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: This trailhead is at 70 Pound Road, about 1/2 mile from the junction with Mendon Road.

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

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

Coordinates: 41° 58.289' N    71° 26.427' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


 

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