On this walk with biologist Denise Poyer, we will discover early spring flowers deep in the Arcadia Management Area.
We will first wander south on Sand Trail to look for Indian cucumber root (Medeola virginiana), dolls-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. We will then head back north on the Ben Utter Trail to search for more wetland species, including early violets.
Denise Poyer is a retired wildlife biologist who spent over 25 years working for the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association, where she was directly responsible for achieving National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation for the rivers. As a naturalist she describes herself as “knowing a little bit about a lot of things.”
Plan for a mile or so of walking on wooded trails and wear appropriate hiking footwear.
Our meeting place will be the Ben Utter trailhead, Exeter.
Directions to the Ben Utter trailhead, Plain Road, Exeter, RI (Lat: 41.5984; Long: -71.74599)
-Take Rte. 165 (Ten Rod Road) in Exeter west to Escoheag Hill Road.
-Go north 0.9 miles and take your first right onto a u-shaped dirt road (Plain Road) with a small red log cabin in the middle.
-As you drive behind the cabin, look for a speed limit sign nailed to a tree. Bear right here to continue directly east on Plain Road.
-After approximately one mile, you will come to our meeting place at a bridge over the Wood River.
Park on either side of the bridge or along Plain Road.
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 our walks. Note: Fluorescent orange is recommended but not required for this walk.