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.
Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve is open to hunting, under rules written by the RI Department of Environmental Management. Hikers are required to wear fluorescent orange during the hunting season. Please consult the RIDEM Hunting Abstract for current hunting regulations.
Dogs must be leashed.
Trail through oak-pine forest featuring Cuttyhunk Brook, a historic homestead, stone walls glacial erratics and an impressive boulder field.
Why TNC 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 TNC 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 401-331-7110 x 25.