The preserve is beautiful at any time of the year, come see. View All
Follow our preserve guidelines and your visit will be pleasurable. View All
This land's beauty lies in its contrasts - forested valleys dip between rugged bedrock ridges. From atop rocky cliffs, you can see spectacular vistas, views of Long Pond and Ell Pond nestled in a deep hollow below. A rich diversity of plants and animals flourish among unique cedar bog and wetland habitats in the valley.
Hopkinton in rural southwestern Rhode Island
50 acres owned by TNC; 218 acres owned by Audubon Society of RI
The preserve abuts lands owned by The Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the state of Rhode Island. In 1972, The Nature Conservancy purchased Ell Pond to add a link to a growing web of contiguous protected lands in Rhode Island.
Ell Pond Preserve 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.
The terrain is often steep and slippery. You may walk over rugged rocks and cross several small swamps. The site is co-owned and managed by the State, Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy. The majority of the trails lie on Audubon property to the east and the state’s Rockville Management area toward the south side of Long Pond. Be sure to wear blaze orange if walking on state property during hunting season.
What to See: Plants
The preserve is beautiful at any time of the year, but especially in mid-June when mountain laurel and rhododendron blooms. There is no access to Ell Pond due to the sensitivity of habitats there. Ell Pond's wetland is an example of classical succession. Each concentric zone of vegetation represents a stage in its history. Over the course of thousands of years, more of the wetland is likely to fill in and become wooded swamp.
What to See: Animals
White-tailed deer, red fox, raccoon, opossum, red squirrel, hooded warbler, worm-eating warbler, black rat snake, bobcat.
We hope you enjoy visiting our preserves in any season. We ask that you please observe the following guidelines:
Thank you for your help.