Forester Paul Dolan will kick off our 2019 walk season in the section of the John H. Chafee Preserve located in North Kingstown, known to many as Rome Point. The preserve, a 230-acre coastal tract, features mixed red maple and oak hardwood forest as well as pure stands of red cedar. Throughout the area are vernal pools and scattered stone walls, evidence of past agricultural use.
The hike is 2.5 miles of relatively flat, easy walking. Since it is early spring, there is always a chance we’ll see harbor seals on our way to the point, so binoculars are recommended.
Directions from Providence:
– From I-95 South, take Exit 9 (left exit) to RI-4 South.
– Continue straight onto US-1 South and after .7 miles exit to RI-138 East (Jamestown/Newport).
– After 1.9 miles, exit onto RI-1A (Wickford/Narragansett), the last exit before the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge.
– Turn left onto 1A-North (Boston Neck Road).
– Continue about 1 mile. The preserve parking area will be on your right. We will meet up in the parking lot at 10:00 am
Directions from the south:
-From US-1 North, exit onto RI-138 East (Jamestown/Newport) and follow the above directions.
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.