This First Thursday Botanizing Walk is being held on the Second Thursday in July because of the holiday.
The newly-designated Taylor Point Nature Preserve, in Jamestown has a variety of natural communities within its 20 acres, including maritime woodlands and shrub lands and 4000 feet of shoreline along the East Passage. A multi-year plant inventory has produced a list of 143 species – 89 native and 54 alien (26 of which are on the RI Invasive Plant Species List).
Led by Taylor Point Restoration Association board member Dennis Webster, we’ll first look at some plants growing on the beach, then take a walk through the black cherry woodland (with its understory of invasive Morrow Honeysuckle mixed with native shrubs). Finally we’ll walk out to the rocky cliffs to visit the hardy plants that thrive there and to enjoy one of the best views of Narragansett Bay to be seen in the state. Along the way we’ll look at the early stages of the long-term restoration project.
We’ll walk less than a mile, but will encounter some uneven footing on the rough trails and rocks. There probably won’t be many insects, but be sure to take tick precautions. We’ll be out in the sun much of the time, so you’ll probably want a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water.
For a preview of Taylor Point, visit the Taylor Point Restoration Association’s website at TaylorPoint.org The “Plant Atlas” page, still in development, describes many of the plants growing there.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.
Directions to Potter Cove Beach, Taylor Point Nature Preserve
Directions from the North and West:
• Follow Route 95 south to Route 4 south, which merges with Route 1 south.
• From Route 1, take the cloverleaf exit onto Route 138 East, in 4 or 5 miles cross the Jamestown Bridge over the West Passage.
• Continue on Route 138 for another 1.5 miles, and, with the toll booths and Newport Bridge in view, take the Jamestown exit.
• Follow the exit ramp about 0.4 miles and take your first left, onto East Shore Road. You will quickly go under an overpass and in another 400 feet take the first right onto Freebody Drive. In 300 feet, park in the small parking area on your left overlooking the Bay.
Directions from the East:
• Follow Route 138 west through Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport and over the Newport Bridge. ($4 toll without a RI EZPass) Be in the right lane as you approach the end of the bridge – DO NOT go through the high speed toll lane.
• About 200 feet after the toll booth, take the first exit and immediately bear right onto East Shore Road south (you want the water to be on your left).
• Go about 0.2 miles, take the first left onto Freebody Drive. In 300 feet, park in the small parking area on your left overlooking the Bay.