Why You Should Visit
The Queen’s River Preserve is a wonderful place for an easy stroll along forested trails to one of Rhode Island’s most pristine streams. The Queen's River -- a cold, largely forested stream with headwaters in West Greenwich -- forms the western boundary of the preserve.
A looping trail system based on historic cart paths winds through the heart of the preserve. Highlights include a stone cellar hole, a historic cemetery, an actively managed hayfield and two lookouts on the Queen's River.
Dogs must be leashed at all times. Bowhunting for deer is permitted at the preserve from September 15 to January 31. All visitors are required to wear a florescent orange hat or vest during the hunting season. Fishing is not permitted.
Why TNC Selected this Site
The Queen's River is considered one of the healthiest cold water streams in southern New England. Its watershed encompasses 23,000 acres of forest, farms and wetlands, including TNC's Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve and the Eppley and Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuges, conserved by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Because of the relatively undeveloped character of the watershed, the river supports a number of rare plants, freshwater mussels and dragonflies depend upon clean, cold, running water.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
The preserve's hayfield is leased to a local farmer, helping to maintain the town of Exeter's rural character. TNC continues to work with local landowners and partners to conserve land in the Queen's River watershed, focused on limiting development and maintaining cold water habitat by keeping the forest canopy intact.