Why You Should Visit
The yellow loop trail wanders through oak-pine forest featuring Cuttyhunk Brook, a historic homestead, stone walls, glacial erratic sand an impressive boulder field.
Hunting for deer is permitted at the Preserve. All visitors are required to wear florescent orange during the hunting season as noted below:
From September 15 – January 31 (Archery season) and November 7 to December 1, and December 26- January 2 (Muzzleloader), 200 square inches of florescent orange is required. A Hat or Vest is sufficient.
****Please note that from December 7-22 and December 26-January 2 (Shotgun) – 500 square inches of florescent orange – Hat AND Vest is required
Dogs must be leashed.
Exeter and West Greenwich, RI
Trail through oak-pine forest featuring Cuttyhunk Brook, a historic homestead, stone walls glacial erratics and an impressive boulder field.
From the parking area at Sunderland Road, the yellow loop trail travels east along an old logging road. The property was selectively logged in the past and additional old logging roads crisscross the property. Numerous stone walls are found on the property which is indicative of land that was once pasture. Oak, white pine, huckleberry and mountain laurel are common along the trail. The trail descends and crosses Cuttyhunk Brook arriving at the yellow loop intersection. The left spur travels alongside Cuttyhunk Brook, which is particularly visible in late fall and winter. The trail takes a gradual ascent into the uplands of white pine forest onto additional old logging roads which take various turns throughout. Follow the yellow blazes in order to stay on the correct path. The trail arrives at Stony Lane, an unimproved town road. Turn right onto Stony lane and follow the road east to the trail turn on the right which travels south back to the trail junction.
The right spur passes a historic homestead which is marked by stone foundations. Continuing on, the trail takes a left into white pine forest, through a large stone wall and along a boulder field. Follow the yellow blazes to Stony Lane, an unimproved road, and take a left. Follow the road and turn left at the trail markers. Old logging roads are common throughout this area with some unauthorized vehicle use. Follow the yellow blazes in order to stay on the correct path which will return to the trail intersection at Cuttyhunk Brook.
Please note: Stony Lane is an unimproved town road. Unfortunately, dumping and litter often occur. Please notify us of these problems. Consider joining the Friends of the Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve and help keep the preserve pristine and enjoyable for other visitors.
The Nature Conservancy has established a volunteer group called the Friends of the Preserves. These volunteers assist with ongoing stewardship projects including trail maintenance, litter cleanups and removal of invasive plants. If you would like to become a friend of Cuttyhunk Brook, please contact Cheryl Wiitala at email@example.com, or (401)331-7110 x 25.
Why the Conservancy Selected this Site
The Queen's River forms the eastern boundary of Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve. The Queen’s River originates in a roughly 1,000-acre forested area east of Hopkins Hill Road in West Greenwich and between Sunderland Road, New Road and Route 102 in Exeter, Rhode Island.
The Queen’s River is considered one of the most pristine rivers in the state. Its watershed, which includes Cuttyhunk Brook, encompasses 23,000 acres of forest, fields, wetland, and river. Because of the relatively unimpacted nature of the river, it contains native trout, freshwater mussels and a number of dragonflies that depend upon clean, cold, running water. The river’s aquifer holds drinking water of exceptional purity, on which many local residents depend.
The Conservancy’s Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve forms an important stepping stone between protected lands at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Eppley and Fisherville Brook Wildlife Sanctuaries. These conservation lands are critical to the maintenance of the high water quality in the river.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
A number of parcels located in Exeter and West Greenwich which make up the preserve were acquired between 2001 and 2004. The Conservancy has recently opened up a hiking trail on the southern portion of the preserve. Thanks to a generous donation by our partner, APC by Schneider Electric, a parking area and kiosk greets visitors. More trails may be planned in the future.