Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association’s Denise Poyer will lead a three mile loop exploration on a part of the Ben Utter Trail in West Greenwich, RI. This walk, in the heart of Arcadia Management Area, takes us by a colonial quarry, a beautiful cascade and the headwaters of the Wood River – a future Wild and Scenic River.
We’ll see a mature forest with beech, birch, oak, and hickory trees. There will be some interesting understory plants such as mountain laurel, Christmas fern and rocky fern; and some aquatic related plants such as water cress and cardinal flowers. Other highlights include an historic CCC era pavilion and old mill foundations.
Footing is tricky in some spots so wear sturdy walking shoes.
Directions. Meet at the trailhead on Falls River Road.
-Take RI 165 west 5 miles from RI 3.
-Turn right (north) on Escoheag Hill Road 2.3 miles to Falls River Road (gravel).
-Turn right (east) on Falls River Road 1 mile.
-Park on right. Parking is tight so carpooling is encouraged.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.