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Queen's River Preserve

A wonderful place for an easy stroll along forested pathways to one of Rhode Island’s most pristine streams.
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  The Queen's River Preserve is bisected by a wide, flat dirt road, beginning at the preserve’s easterly boundary at School Land Woods... more »

Tips:  Watch for Mountain Laurel blooms in June

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/rhodeisland... more »

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Points of Interest

1. pine barren

As you walk the wide path, you will notice a clearing on the right - this is a pitch pine barren, a rare habitat type in RI. Many different types of spiders and beetles make their home in the sandy areas. Look for their burrows in the sand.

2. Queen's River at bridge

As you stand on the bridge which spans the Queen's River, look for brilliant red cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) blooming along the stream banks and jewelwing damselflies dancing over the water.

3. RI Historical Cemetery

The cemetery may be hard to find at first, look for a short, narrow path through the pines on the right which leads to the cemetery.

4. Queen's River, Howard's Trail

One of the most beutiful sections of trail at the preserve leads again to the Queen's River.

5. Hayfield

The first trail to the left leads to an open hayfield, which the Conservancy leases to a farmer. Watch for deer, turkey, swallows and hawks.