Places We Protect

Beaver River Preserve

Rhode Island

A stand of young oaks growing in a hilly, rocky landscape.
Beaver River Preserve A forest of oak and black birch reclaims a rocky area once cleared for timber and agriculture. © Dale Higgs

The Beaver River is an important tributary to the Pawcatuck River and part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.



Why You Should Visit

Pleasant, babbling Beaver River flows through undisturbed acres that feature a small woodland pool, streams, seeps, a bog pool and swamp, forested wetland and a mixed oak forest.

Map of the Beaver River Preserve

Why TNC Selected this Site

The Beaver River is a major tributary to the Pawcatuck River. The Conservancy identified the Pawcatuck River system as one of the best examples of its type in the Lower New England ecoregion, and thus selected it as a target for conservation. The Pawcatuck River's 300 square mile watershed comprises most of southwestern Rhode Island and extends into Connecticut. It falls within both the South County Landscape and the Pawcatuck Borderlands and supports roughly 70% of Rhode Island's globally imperiled species. In fact, the watershed hosts the largest and perhaps most significant cluster of known breeding sites for the globally vulnerable Ringed Boghaunter dragonfly (Williamsonia lintneri) across the specie's range. Beneath the Pawcatuck watershed lies an abundance of clean groundwater which serves as the sole source of drinking water for more than 60,000 local residents.




Open year-round during daylight hours


Hiking, birdwatching, scenic pond views


241 acres

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This preserve has two trails.

  • A one-mile loop trail marked with yellow blazes begins at the preserve entrance at the end of Fox Ridge Drive, over spectacular rocky outcrops and seasonally wet seeps, through woodlands thick with underbrush.
  • A second trail runs along an old cart path from the southeast corner of the existing loop down to the river. Take this route and you will pass a colonial era grist mill. The trail ends at the Beaver River.  Please note: the timber bridge over the River may be unsafe, do not cross.

What to See: Plants

Blueberry, sweet pepperbush, red maple

What to See: Animals

Dragonflies and the bog copper butterfly

Preserve Guidelines

We hope you enjoy visiting our preserves in any season. We ask that you please observe the following guidelines:

  • Stay on marked walking trails.
  • Respect preserve open hours (one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset). Overnight camping is not allowed.
  • Do not ride horses, bikes or any motorized vehicle through preserves or on the trails.
  • Do not remove any living materials from a preserve or disturb any vegetation.
  • Remove any trash you create and, if possible, any garbage that you see left by someone else.
  • In the spring, summer and fall, dress in long pants and socks to avoid deer ticks. After any walk on a preserve, it is a good idea to check for ticks when you return home.
  • Be careful! Your safety is your responsibility.

Thank you for your help.