This walk will be held rain or shine!
The 3349 acres of the Great Swamp is primarily wetlands but also includes some forest cover and agricultural areas. Once this land was the last stronghold of the Narragansett Indians; now it is home to many plants and animals that have been decimated elsewhere in RI.
With Karen Asher, we will consider a variety of woody plants including dogwoods, chokeberries, blackberries, huckleberries, blueberries, sweet pepperbush and American holly, which is pretty much at it’s northern most limits in the great Swamp. There will be a variety of ferns including Cinnamon fern, Bracken fern, Hay-scented fern among others and club mosses such as Prince’s Pine and Creeping Jenny. Many Goldenrods will be in bloom.
Some people avoid hiking in places with the words swamp, tick, or leech in them but the Great Swamp is indeed great. If we’re lucky we might see otters, turtles, ducks and even some water snakes. There are several huge Osprey nests and Karen is willing to practically guarantee that we’ll see the birds themselves.
We will meet up in the parking lot.
The Google directions on this page will take you to Liberty Lane via Rt 138. More specific directions to the parking lot:
On Liberty Lane go past farmlands, houses and businesses until you reach the railroad track, then turn left onto the dirt road – Great Neck Road.
Continue until you reach the entrance to the management area.
Go past the office and maintenance buildings until you reach a gate and a small parking lot, where we will meet. It is at the end of the road.
Bring water and bug spray. Please also be advised that during hunting season, from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, hikers in State Management areas are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See First Thursday Botanizing Walk home page for important details about these walks.