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Two distinct forest types - old and young - tell the story of this land. Large oaks, tulip poplar, and white pine that have stood for several generations speak of the past. Other areas of the preserve were more recently cleared for agricultural use, causing a young forest of mixed hardwoods and evergreens to spring up. Streams and wetlands are scattered through the forests.
Hopkinton in southwestern Rhode Island, just south of the Ell Pond Preserve.
Map of Canonchet Brook Preserve
This preserve adds a link to a chain of protected lands to make one contiguous preserve. To the east is the State of Rhode Island's Rockville Management Area, and to the west is Connecticut's Pachaug State Forest. Canonchet is one of the largest natural areas in southeastern New England and is part of the Pawcatuck Borderlands site, where the Connecticut and Rhode Island chapters of the Conservancy partner with state agencies, local land trusts, municipalities and individuals to protect the region's forests and promote enduring ecological management.
There are a number of trails on the property, but at this time we have been able to map only one. It is a long loop on the western (North Road) side of the property.
In places the terrain is steep and rocky, and the downslopes are littered with large boulders, so wear sturdy hiking boots. Use caution and wear orange if walking the preserve during hunting season. Some hunting activity has occurred in recent years even though The Nature Conservancy prohibits hunting on this preserve.
What to See: Plants
Oak, tulip trees, white pine, American beech, hickory, maple, witch hazel, blueberry, huckleberry, mountain laurel
We hope you enjoy visiting our preserves in any season. We ask that you please observe the following guidelines:
Thank you for your help.