Down on the Boardwalk at Dundery Brook Trail in Little Compton

This Rhode Island hike is easy for beginners

The Bay Magazine ·

Dundery Brook Trail, Little Compton
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.1 miles

Dundery Brook Trail in Little Compton shares its parking area with the town’s tennis courts and recreational fields, so parking is easy and plentiful. The trail is located within the John C. Whitehead Preserve, which is managed by The Nature Conservancy.
Starting at the parking area is the Boardwalk Trail, which provides 0.6 miles of an ADA accessible trail, ideal for persons with disabilities. It also provides optimal viewing of the intact forested and wetland areas without damaging any habitat, meaning wildlife can go about their usual routine without being disturbed. Connecting to the Boardwalk Trail is the half mile Grass Trail that hugs the edge of Bumblebee Pond and ends in a lovely meadow.

As far as wildlife sightings, painted turtles can be found in the pond, while snapping turtles are often seen along the brook. In the winter, otters and fishers are also likely to be seen. In the meadow along the forested edges is where you’re bound to see white-tailed deer at dawn and dusk when they’re most active.

Meetinghouse Lane, Little Compton.


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