Join Cheryl Wiitala, preserves manager for The Nature Conservancy, at the Lime Rock Preserve in Lincoln. The Lime Rock Preserve is laced with trails illustrating a wide variety of distinctive New England habitats including woodlands, forested swamps, streams, open water and calcareous ledges. These ledges of dolomitic marble produce a special calcareous soil that once nurtured as many as 30 rare plant species.
Although a few of these species have disappeared over time, a botanizing walk along the trails will not disappoint. We will hike amongst forested upland, rock outcroppings, ledges, streams and pond. Our sightings should yield a diversity of ferns, hepatica, common shinleaf, columbine, marsh-marigolds and more!
• From Providence, take Route 146 to the Lincoln Woods exit (Twin River Road)
• Turn right at the end of the ramp
• At the first light, turn right onto Route 246 (Louisquisset Pike)
• Take 246 north to Wilbur Road (about 2.4 miles)
• Turn left onto Wilbur Road
• Roughly .5 miles on the right will be the entrance to the Lime Rock Preserve – a small pull-off from the road.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series.
See our Botanizing Walks and Hikes home page for important details about these walks.