While hiking see if you can spot some of Grass Pond's unique plants and animals. View All
Follow our preserve guidelines and your visit will be pleasurable. View All
The ponds, wetlands, and wooded uplands provide habitat for a number of unusual dragonfly and damselfly species, including the rare Ringed Boghaunter. A short loop trail passes a small woodland pool, goes through black oak-white pine forest, and then rises up to a high point amid rocky outcrops and dense shrubbery.
Access to the Pond itself and its wetlands is restricted due to the sensitivity of the animals, plants and natural communities.
Richmond, in southern Rhode Island
Grass Pond Preserve provides habitat for globally declining and state endangered plant and insect species. It also links together two large protected natural areas: the State of Rhode Island's 2,300 acre Carolina Management Area and the 1,800-acre de Coppet Estate.
In 1986, Grass Pond was identified by the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Program as one of Rhode Island's top ten
unprotected natural areas. By 1996, The Nature Conservancy, with support from the Champlin Foundations and private donors, preserved uplands and wetlands at the site. Today, one of the Conservancy’s goals is to continue to expand the size of the existing preserve. In June 2004, another 13 acres was added to the north.
A short walking trail marked with yellow blazes loops through the northern portion of the preserve. The trailhead to the preserve begins at the preserve sign along an unpaved path located off Wilbur Hill Road. Follow this path then take a left onto the loop trail.
Map of the Grass Pond Preserve
What to See: Plants
Notable plants at Grass Pond include Atlantic white cedar, bog sedge and cranberry and globally-declining and state-endangered species such as horned rush. Access to the Pond itself and its wetlands is restricted due to the sensitivity of the animals, plants and natural communities.
What to See: Animals
A number of rare insects include the Hessel's hairstreak butterfly in forested areas, dragonflies such as the elfin skimmer and ringed boghaunter in bogs and sedgy areas and two coastal plain damselflies, the pine barrens bluet and the New England bluet. Although these insects spend much of their time in the wetlands, keep an eye out for them along the upland trail as well.
We hope you enjoy visiting our preserves in any season. We ask that you please observe the following guidelines:
Thank you for your help.
Preserve Visitation Guidelines