A Walk in the Woods at Pardon Gray Preserve and Weetamoo Woods

A medium difficulty Rhode Island trail

The Bay Magazine ·

A Walk in the Woods

Pardon Gray Preserve and Weetamoo Woods, Tiverton 
Difficulty: Medium 
Distance: 9 miles

Although they’re managed by two different agencies, Pardon Gray Preserve (Tiverton Land Trust) and Weetamoo Woods (Town of Tiverton) combine to protect 780 acres of land. The trails pass through level grasslands, gently sloping forests and seasonally wet lowlands. Wearing sturdy hiking shoes or boots is important to avoid twisted ankles and to easily traverse rocky areas. 

The Pardon Gray Preserve is located right off of Main Road, which leads to a dirt road and parking area. The trailhead here is surrounded by active farmland, original stone walls and a stone kiosk that covers an old well house.

The Cemetery Trail (purple trail) begins at this parking area and connects to the yellow trail, the western boundary of Weetamoo Woods. Heading south on the yellow trail eventually connects with the red, orange, blue and green trails of Weetamoo. The yellow trail also terminates on East Road, into one of the Weetamoo parking areas.

The East Road lot can be a little tricky to find while driving. There’s a white hand painted sign at the intersection of East and Asa Davol roads that’s easy to miss if you’re exceeding the speed limit. Once you park, walk north on the path (yellow trail) to the Weetamoo Woods kiosk. There you’ll find a map of the property as well as common birds that make the conservation area their home in different seasons.

Parking lots located on East Road/Asa Davol Road Intersection, Lake Road, and 3460 Main Road, Tiverton.

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