Take a look at Lime Rock's beautiful and unique plants. View All
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Ledges of dolomitic marble produce a special calcareous soil that nurtures 30 rare plant species - more than any other site in Rhode Island. Beautiful ferns and wildflowers grow along ridges of recrystallized limestone. In winter, look for animal tracks in the snow and learn to identify trees and shrubs by their silhouettes and buds. In fall, watch deciduous trees change color and walk along paths carpeted by bright orange and yellow leaves.
Lincoln, Rhode Island, 10 minutes from downtown Providence. The preserve is adjacent to the Moshassuck River and the Manton Reservoir.
Lime Rock's unique and abundant plant life drew notable botanists for the last 100 years. Only 10 minutes from downtown Providence, the preserve forms an oasis of tranquility and an important refuge for wildlife in an area that is heavily impacted by development.
The preserve was created in 1986, thanks to landowners Dorothy and Raymond Houghton, the Plante Family and the Wilbur Family. The Conklin Limestone Company donated mineral rights. Generous support from The Champlin Foundations and numerous individual donors made the protection of Lime Rock a success.
The preserve is laced with trails illustrating a wide variety of distinctive New England habitats including woodlands, forested swamps, streams, open water and calcareous ledges. An abandoned electric rail-bed on western edge of the property provides scenic views of the town reservoir. Some trails get wet and muddy. Please stay on the trails to avoid trampling plants and brushing against poison ivy. Map of the Lime Rock Preserve
What to See: Plants
Red oak, hickory, a diversity of ferns, red and white baneberry, horse balm, violets, bellwort, nodding trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily
We hope you enjoy visiting our preserves in any season. We ask that you please observe the following guidelines:
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Preserve Visitation Guidelines