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Pardon Gray Preserve, Tiverton

Tiverton Land Trust

Hunting is not allowed here but it is permitted on nearby land. During hunting season everyone using the trails here should wear blaze orange. Remember, hunting season includes much of the late fall, winter and spring. More details.

In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

Description & Overview:

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There are three interconnected trails at the 230 acre Pardon Gray Preserve. The Cemetery Trail passes an active vernal pool near the start. It connects with the Ridge Trial at a point close to the Yellow Trail in the adjacent Weetamoo Woods preserve. The Ridge Trail ends at a small parking area on Lafayette Road. From the parking lot go about 200 yards west on Lafayette Road to get to the start of the Lafayette Connector trail, which leads back to the parking area along Main Road. Access to the lightly used South Trail is from the Town Farm Recreation Area parking lot at the south end of Pardon Gray Preserve.

The cemetery in the center of the 67 acre farmland is that of the family of Pardon Gray. Pardon Gray provided bread and other staples to the soldiers stationed at Fort Barton during the Revolutionary War.

Tiverton Land Trust website

Trail Safety Information
 

What's There:

Hours: Dawn to dusk, all year

Miles of Trails: 3 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Typical one person footpath

Trail Rating: Easy   Explanation

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Trail Rating Key

Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.

Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.

Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: Trails are suitable for snowshoeing but not skiing

Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Must be leashed or under positive control and stay on trails.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No (but horses are allowed on the Weetamoo Woods trails)

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No (but bicycles are allowed on the Weetamoo Woods trails)

Is Hunting Permitted? Hunting is not allowed on this property but is in nearby areas. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!

Trailheads:

Trailhead Name: Main Road-Cemetery Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 35.462' N    71° 11.667' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The entrance to the parking area for this trailhead is on the east side of Main Road (route 77), about 0.2 miles south of Seapowet Avenue. It is in the 3300 block of Main Road. A good landmark for finding this trailhead is a small stone building, a former pump-house and now the trailhead kiosk, visible from Main Road.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Ridge Trail-Lafayette Road Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 35.669' N    71° 11.465' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: At the junction of Main Road (route 77), Seapowet Avenue, and Lafayette Road, head east on Lafayette Road. The road ends at a gate in about 0.2 miles. The Ridge Trail trailhead is on the right just before the gate.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: South Trail-Town Farm Recreation Area trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 35.038' N    71° 11.517' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: This trailhead is at the parking area for the Tiverton Town Farm Recreation Area, on Main Road (route 77) at the south end of Pardon Gray Preserve, about 0.7 miles south of Seapowet Avenue. This trailhead is little used by visitors to Pardon Gray. The trailhead 0.5 miles north on Main Road and the trailhead on Lafayette Road are the more commonly used trailheads.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

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This site report was last updated on July 13, 2015

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