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Avondale Farm Preserve, Westerly

The Westerly Land Trust

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This is a very easy walk. Most of the fields have been restored to New England meadow wildflowers and warm season grasses. Some have been planted with native shrubs. The salt marsh and the Pawcatuck River can be observed from South Avondale Road. People have found this Preserve to be a bird-watching and butterfly-watching hot spot.

There is a 6/10 mile paved loop that is commonly used for walking, jogging, bike riding and roller blading. The rest of the trail is mowed grass. The paved trail is plowed in the winter.

Westerly Land Trust web page for their conservation properties

Trail Safety Information
 

What's There:

Hours: Sunrise to sunset, all year

Miles of Trails: 1.6 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: 0.6 miles

Trail Width: 6 foot wide path

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: Yes, the trails are good for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Must be under control or on leash. Waste pick up required.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Yes. More than four horse trailers could pose a parking problem.

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Yes, on paved path only.

Is Hunting Permitted? No

Other Amenities: There is one picnic table at the Quail Run trail head. There are no restrooms.

Trailheads:

Trailhead Name: Grassland Way Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 19.92' N    71° 50.09' 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 near the intersection of Watch Hill Road (Route 1A), Avondale Road and Grassland Way in Westerly. From this intersection, at the sharp bend in Watch Hill Road, head southwest on Grassland Way and look for a parking area straight ahead in a few hundred feet.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes


Trailhead Name: Quail Run Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 19.747' N    71° 50.152' 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: From Watch Hill Road, turn onto Quail Run and go about 1/10 mile to the end of the road.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

 

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This site report was last updated on February 29, 2012

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