Neutaconkanut Park is small forest perched atop a 100 ft hill overlooking the city of Providence. The mafic bedrock, with its concentrations of magnesium and iron, does not make ideal growing conditions, but it’s unusual. And unusual habitat often produces unusual plants. Thalictrum revolutum (waxy-leaved meadow-rue) was once considered historic in Rhode Island, but is locally abundant on the hill. And it’s growing with Phryma leptostachya (American lop-seed), perhaps the only population in the state. Other unusual species present are Paronychia canadensis (smooth forked whitlow-wort), Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canada honewort), Hylodesmum glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil), and Hedeoma pulegioides (American false pennyroyal). There will be some stair climbing and inclines.
Parking: Meet in the parking lot at 120 Killingly St, Providence, RI. Directions below
Contact: Doug McGrady email@example.com, 401-935-5367
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.
DIRECTIONS : On your phone map, head to 41.81380, -71.46277 OR
From the north: on I-95S
Take Exit 22C for US-6W/RI-10W.
Merge onto US-6W.
Get off at the Killingly Street exit and turn left onto Killingly Street.
Continue .7 mi to stop sign, (the ball park will be straight ahead) turn left, staying on Killingly Street and then turn right into the parking lot for the ball field.
From the south: on I-95N
Take Exit 11 off of I-95 onto I-295N.
After 8 miles, take Exit 6A (Rte 6 East). Take the Killingly Street exit from Route 6 and turn right at the end of the ramp onto Killingly Street.
Proceed .6 miles. At the stop sign, the ball field is in front of you. Turn left, then a quick right into the parking lot.