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Family Hiking: Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve

Go it alone, or join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, November 16, as we explore this area together.

T Mooney/The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy’s Carter Preserve boasts more than 5 miles of well-marked hiking trails through rare pitch pine and scrub oak forests and a 35 acre grassland. As one of the largest protected areas in RI, it contributes to an 11-mile corridor of open space running from the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge to the state’s Carolina Management Area.

Jeanine Silversmith

The Narragansett Trail from the Old Mill Road entrance leads to the grassland. There are nest boxes to check out and at this time of year, maybe some leftover milkweed pods. If you turn around here, it’s about a mile walk. If you hike around the field, it’s about 2 miles total.

Jeanine Silversmith

If you visit in the spring or early summer, you can return via the utility line which leads to vernal pools and look for tadpoles and other critters.

We will meet in the parking lot at 1:00pm and begin our hike promptly at 1:15pm. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water.

For more information about the Carter Preserve, click here.

See you outside!

The Details
Where: Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve
Cost: Free
Bathrooms: none
Hours: dawn to dusk
For more information, including directions: visit the RI Families in Nature website.

Rhode Island Families in Nature Hike: Join Rhode Island Families in Nature every month for a different hike created by and for families who want to spend more time outdoors, explore Rhode Island’s natural places, and reconnect with and reap the many benefits of nature.

photo credits: Top photo (T Mooney/The Nature Conservancy). Middle and bottom photo (Jeanine Silversmith).

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