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Plants & Their Places: Burlingame Management Area

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Botrychium angustisegmentum (narrow triangle moonwort), Charlestown, RI, photo credit – DMcGrady

Burlingame Management Area, Charlestown, RI

This walk, the first in our 2018 series Plants & Their Places which is offered in conjunction with the Connecticut Botanical Society, takes us to Burlingame Management Area in Charlestown. We’ll be exploring the north end of Burlingame, between Watchaug Pond and Buckeye Brook Road.

This area is predominantly Mixed Oak/Hickory Forest. However, the terrain varies from Atlantic White Cedar Swamps to the Red Cedar Rocky Summits, with pockets of fertile richness, as well as sandy Pine Barrens. Highlights include the state’s largest population of Minuartia glabra (Appalachian sandplant) and four species of Botrychium (moonwort).

If time allows, we’ll hike to the Shumankanuc Mounds on the north side of the road. Each mound hosts an assortment of unusual plants.

See Doug’s flickr album of Burlingame Management Area.


• The walk is slated to last 4 hours but may be shorter.
• It is hunting season. You must wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange (i.e. vest or hat).
• We will walk 2-3 miles.
• The walk effort is moderate to strenuous. We will be up and down small hills, and walking on ledge.
• Suggested clothing includes long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.  Also bring water and food.

Meeting Place: The parking lot on Buckeye Brook Rd, about .8 miles southwest of Shumankanuc Hill Rd, Charlestown, RI. Driving directions – https://binged.it/2Jd6Rll

Directions from the North:
• From I-95, take exit 2 and bear left (south) onto Woodville Alton Rd.
• Go 3.6 miles to the end at RI-91 (Carolina-Alton Rd).
• Turn left onto RI-91 (Bradford Rd/Carolina-Alton Rd/Church St).
• Go 1.2 miles and turn right (south) onto Kings Factory Rd (a.k.a. New Kings Factory Rd).
• Go .9 miles and turn right (west) onto Shumankanuc Hill Rd.
• Go 2 miles and turn right (south) onto Buckeye Brook Rd.
• Go .8 miles to the parking lot on the right for Burlingame Management Area.

Directions from the south:
• From RI-1 (Post Rd), turn northwest onto Kings Factory Rd (north).
• Go 2.8 miles and turn left onto Shumankanuc Hill Rd.
• Go .4 miles and turn left onto Buckeye Brook Rd.
• Go .8 miles to the parking lot on the right for Burlingame Management Area.

Walk Leader: Doug McGrady – demcgrady@hotmail.com – 401-935-5367 cell

This walk is a part of our Plants & Their Places Series.  See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks and other types of walks that we offer.



May 27
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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