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      The trailhead opens to a mowed field and then the trail negotiates cornfields before entering the woods. Most of the three miles of paths east of Tomaquag Brook, including the peninsula between Tomaquag Brook and the Pawcatuck River, are along old cart paths and are relatively flat. A nice stone bridge crosses Wine Bottle Brook, a tributary to Tomaquag Brook. There is an Atlantic White Cedar swamp in this low crossing area with hardwoods and pines predominating along most of the trails. The Tomaquag Brook Bridge opened November 2013 and completes the link between the Chase Hill Road and Bowling Lane Trailheads. The one mile of trail west of Tomaquag Brook and linking up to Polly Coon Bridge over the Pawcatuck River crosses a more varied wooded terrain with numerous large high rock overlooks interspersed with wooded swamps. The historic Polly Coon Bridge provided a route to move granite across the river to the rail siding in Bradford. Floods destroyed the bridge; it was elevated but was lost in another flood. The new pedestrian bridge uses the old stone abutments and will provide access to five miles of trails in the Westerly Land Trust's Grills Preserve and to their trailhead at the end of Bowling Lane.

      Dogs: Yes. Must be under control or on leash. Waste pick up required.

      Bicycles: Yes. Must stay on marked trails.

      Other Amenities: There is a canoe/kayak launch on Tomaquag Brook, near the parking area. Good fishing may be found in the rivers and streams in the preserve. There are benches at a few places along the trails in the preserve.


      Driving Landmarks: Heading north on RI Route 216 (Ashaway Road) from the junction with RI Route 91, go 0.8 miles to the "triangle" junction with Chase Hill Road. When 216 bends to the north (right) at the triangle, bear left to continue onto Chase Hill Road. Go a couple hundred feet and look for the parking area and trailhead kiosk on the left.

      Heading south on RI Route 216 (Ashaway Road) from the junction with RI Route 3, go 1.5 miles to the "triangle" junction with Chase Hill Road. When 216 bends to the east (left) at the triangle, bear right to continue towards Chase Hill Road. Turn left onto Chase Hill Road and look for the parking area and trailhead kiosk on the right.

      Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 12 spaces, no overnight parking

      ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

      Coordinates: 41° 24.647' N 71° 45.81' W
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: Conservation Reserve
      Land Manager: Westerly Land Trust
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      Region Details
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      • 14
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      Region Status
      Caution as of Jun 17, 2024
      Local Trail Association

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      Trails (view details)
      22
      Trails Mountain Bike
      22
      Trails Hike
      22
      Trails Trail Running
      21
      Trails Snowshoe
      22
      Trails Nordic Ski
      22
      Total Distance
      12 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      3 miles
      Total Descent
      427 ft
      Total Vertical
      127 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      158 ft
      Reports
      20
      Photos
      10
      Ridden Counter
      491

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      Recent Comments

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      dr-robtrailLollipopIt's actually a lollipop-shaped trail with one...
      Oct 10, 2022 @ 5:23pm
      Oct 10, 2022
      dr-robreportLollipopAlso, the alltrails map doesn't accurately...
      Oct 10, 2022 @ 9:28am
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      Aug 23, 2022 @ 8:54am
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      Jul 4, 2022 @ 5:13pm
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      Activity Type Stats

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      Mountain Bike2212 miles427 ft3 miles128 ft
      #7,8491020376
      Hike2212 miles427 ft3 miles128 ft
      #6,1862037
      Trail Running2111 miles348 ft3 miles128 ft
      #7,6111821
      Snowshoe2212 miles427 ft3 miles128 ft
      #1,23910
      Nordic Ski2212 miles427 ft3 miles128 ft
      #1,639101
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