Trillium cernuum, nodding trilium. DMcGrady
Discover early spring flowers on trails deep in the Arcadia Management Area on this easy walk with wildlife biologist Denise Poyer, recently retired after 25 years with the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association.
We will wander south on Sand Trail to look for Indian cucumber root (Medeola virginiana), Doll’s- eyes (Actaea pachypoda), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) and many other ephemeral flowers. There is a wonderful patch of nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum) along this trail, one of the few trillium species found in RI. If time allows we will head back to the Ben Utter trail to search for more wetland species, including early violets.
Expect a mile or so of walking on wooded trails, so dress for the weather and wear appropriate hiking footwear.
Directions: Take Rte. 165 (Ten Rod Road) in Exeter and turn right onto Escoheag Hill Road. Go north 0.9 miles and take your first right onto a u-shaped dirt road with a small building in the middle. (This is Plain Road on Google Maps, but is also known as Austin Farm Road.) After passing this building, bear right (east) to stay on Plain Road. Continue straight, approximately one mile to a bridge over the Wood River. There is parking on both sides of the bridge or along the road. We will meet at the bridge near the Ben Utter trailhead.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details you should know about the walks in this series.