Dundery Brook Trail, Little Compton
The Nature Conservancy
Also known as Town of Little Compton Peckham Lot & Bumble Bee Preserve
Comments & Overview:
The Dundery Brook trail runs through a forested wetland and then into an open meadow and pond habitat. Seasonal changes in flora and fauna can be observed all year long. Highlights include the Spring return of migratory birds and emergence of amphibians of all kinds. Flowering wetland plants that include jack-in-the-pulpit and some very rare plants can be observed along the trail.
Particularly suitable for younger children and those for whom getting around can be a challenge, the Dundery Brook trail provides visitors with an opportunity to explore a myriad of wetland habitats which support a changing variety of creatures throughout the year.
Newly built and opened for public use on June 2, 2012, Dundery Brook trail represents the culmination of years of planning among local conservation groups as it provides for an easily-walked connection between the Town of Little Compton's Wilbur McMahon School and an extensive nature preserve nearby.
With the purchase of Bumble Bee Preserve in 2001, The Nature Conservancy was able to protect a stunning freshwater ecosystem that feeds into Briggs Marsh. However, providing for access was not simple given the Preserve is surrounded by hardwood swamps and marshes which are associated with Dundery Brook.
The solution was creating and obtaining permits for a boardwalk path through these wetlands. The material of choice for this walk was black locust wood, which is both highly durable and native.
"Former board member and long time supporter of Sakonnet Preservation Association (SPA) Letitia Carter envisioned and kept beating the drum for this project. SPA has partnered with the Conservancy on this trail in support of her vision and in recognition of its value to users of all ages." -Abigail Brooks.
Following a stem of Dundery Brook, the boardwalk provides an outdoor classroom for schoolchildren and the community to engage with nature up close while learning about freshwater resources that supply the community's drinking water. Easily travelled on foot, the boardwalk provides views of the swamp’s hidden treasures while the existing grass trail follows the edge of a pond and historic meadowland that offers numerous opportunities for bird sightings as well as deer and wild turkey. Over 60 bird species use this area as breeding habitat including warblers and vireos, hawks and owls, and wood ducks.
"Being able to walk and hike in such beautiful spots makes me appreciate all the hard work it takes to keep these places unspoiled and available for us, for our children and for the generations who follow. It would not be possible without the sustained efforts of conservation groups everywhere." -Piper Hawes
Hours: Sunrise to sunset, all year
Miles of Trails: 1.1 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: 0.6 miles
Trail Width: Boardwalk has 'lay bys' for easy passing
Trail Rating: Easy Explanation
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.
Are Dogs Allowed? No
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Other Amenities: The town center as well as an elementary school are nearby for restrooms and other services during business hours. There are also port-a-johns nearby, seasonally.
Driving Landmarks: From West Main Road (Route 77), go east on Meeting House Lane exactly 1/2 mile toward the center of Little Comption. Turn left into the parking area just past the Country & Coastal Real Estate office. This lot is shared by trail users and users of the town's recreational fields and tennis courts.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 10 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes
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This site report was last updated on November 7, 2012