Why You Should Visit
Surrounded by protected forest, Tillinghast Pond Management Area offers serenity and natural beauty that rank among the best in southern New England.
Tillinghast Pond’s waters are clear and shallow, perfect for a family paddle. Cast a line, explore the coves, or just float around and let the solitude recharge your batteries.
Tillinghast Pond Management Area is open to hunting, under rules written by the RI Department of Environmental Management. Hikers are required to wear fluorescent orange clothing (either a hat or a vest) from September 14 to February 28, and from April 19 to May 31.
Please note that during shotgun season (December 7 - 22, and December 26 – January 2), hikers are required to wear a fluorescent orange hat AND a vest.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
This preserve filled a critical gap in the land protection map, located between URI’s Alton Jones campus, the Wickaboxet Management Area, and the Arcadia Management Area. The protection of Tillinghast Pond was vital to the conservation of the surrounding forest and the pristine Wood River, which originates in West Greenwich.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The Conservancy is implementing a five-year trails plan that we co-wrote with our partners and the National Park Service, aiming to showcase the natural beauty and rural character of the area.
In 2010, we worked with two Rhode Island loggers to open up 40 acres of early successional wildlife habitat. These projects will increase habitat diversity on the property and are already benefitting hawks, eastern bluebirds, and American woodcocks. The Nature Conservancy is the only organization in Rhode Island to have its logging practices certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
The Nature Conservancy enjoys a fantastic partnership with Schneider Electric in West Kingston. Since 2010, Schneider employees have improved canoe access to the pond, installed interpretive signage, and built new hiking trails on twice-a-year Days of Action. In addition to providing work crews, Schneider has donated materials and tools, and helped us overcome design challenges. Many thanks to Schneider Electric—a tremendous community partner!
The Nature Conservancy established a volunteer group called the Friends of the Preserves. We hope that 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 Tillinghast Pond, please get in touch with Jeanne Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 331-7110, x4516.