Why You Should Visit
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.
Parking for the Aust Family Preserve is limited to a 3-car parking lot at the trailhead and approximately 6 spaces along the shoulder of Wilbur Road. The Town of Lincoln enforces the "no parking" signs. If parking is not available when you visit, two nearby options are Lincoln Woods State Park and Chase Farm Park.
Why TNC Selected this Site
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.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
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.