This fourth walk in our series Plants & Their Places takes us to Big River Management Area in West Greenwich. Sweet Pond is no longer a pond. Similar to Blue Pond, in Hopkinton, this site had a dam that failed during the floods of 2010. The result is a beautiful, wet meadow that this walk leader considers a “wonderland of small plants”.
Several of the rare species we saw on our Blue Pond field trip, in 2015, have also popped up here. Some of the unusual species include Bartonia iodandra, Coreopsis rosea, Eleocharis tuberculosa, and Proserpinaca pectinata.
Expect wet feet – not deep water, but the ground is wet in many places. Access to the pond requires a ¾ mile walk on dirt roads. Bring water and food and dress to protect yourself against sun, ticks and other insects.
Meet at about 300 New London Tpk., West Greenwich, RI. This is the address for the Wincheck Gun Club; we will park at the end of their driveway.
Directions: From I-95 (north or south)
• Take exit 5A onto Route 102 (Victory Hwy.) south.
• Go about .5 miles and turn left onto Route 3 (Nooseneck Hill Rd) north.
• Go about 1.5 miles and turn right (east) onto Congdon Mill Rd.
• Go about 1.7 miles to the end and turn left (northeast) onto New London Tpk.
• Go about .3 miles and bear left (the first left) to stay on New London Tpk. (a dirt road).
• Go about .8 miles to the end at a gate.
Park here, but don’t block the gate.