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Pelloni Preserve, Hopkinton

Hopkinton Land Trust

Also known as Tomaquag Trail

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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WARNING: The trails and trailheads at this property are still under construction and may be hard to follow. There are no trailhead signs and parking for now is on the street shoulder. Do not assume all trails will be fully improved and well marked but they are "flagged" with surveyor's tape. Be prepared to turn around and retrace your steps if you reach a point where you are uncertain about the route of the trail ahead. Bring a map and compass and know how to use them to find your way if you get lost. The easement trail that extends out to Diamond Hill Road is not flagged, blazed or fully cleared at this time so please use only the Cedar Knoll Road entrance for the time being.

Two wooded, hilly tracts comprise the Pelloni Preserve. The northern tract is owned by the Hopkinton Land Trust and its eastern spur reaches to Tomaquag Brook adjacent to the site of Hopkinton’s first village. The spur to the brook is how dairy cows were watered. A 25 foot granite cliff complete with small caves separates a perched wetlands from the upland forest. A man-made drainage channel at the bottom of the cliff is spanned by a traditional stone slab bridge. Unusual Native American stone works are located on the property. The second tract consists of a trail easement; part of the greater Tomaquag Trail north - south system and combined, the tracts add 1.1 miles to Tomaquag Trail.

Note that there are two pages to the trail map. The first page shows just the Pelloni Preserve and immediately adjacent areas, while the second page shows the preserve and also the Tomaquag trail from Diamond Hill Road to Cedar Knoll Drive.

Trail Safety Information
 

What's There:

Hours: sunrise to sunset, year round

Miles of Trails: 1.9 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Typical one person footpath

Trail Rating: Difficult   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: No

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

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Yes, must stay on marked trails.

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Yes, must stay on marked 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: Cedar Knoll Drive Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 26.351' N    71° 46.034' 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: Look for a dirt laneway on west side of Cedar Knoll Drive mid-way between Bluebird Lane and Old Tavern Drive. Parallel park on Cedar Knoll Drive and walk up the laneway.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Diamond Hill Road Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 25.658' N    71° 46.281' 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: Parallel park on the east side of Diamond Hill Road approximately 350 feet north of Andre Court.

Parking: Yes: On street, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

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This site report was last updated on April 1, 2014

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