May 18 Hike of Charlestown Moraine Preserve and Schoolhouse Pond Preserve

When: Thursday, May 18 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Meet at Charlestown Moraine Preserve parking lot on Kings Factory Rd.

The Westerly Land Trust is leading hikes of two Town of Charlestown Preserves

A trail has been developed and blazed by the Conservation Commission covering the eastern portion of the Charlestown Moraine Preserve. This terminal moraine marks the areas where the advance of the ice left large deposits of soil, rock and gravel. The Moraine runs from Long Island to Narragansett and can be seen in Rhode Island From Westerly to Narragansett. When the ice receded, the material formed the outwash plain we see on the coast south of Route 1. Second growth oak and some birch, juniper and white pine, with an understory of fern beds, buckle berry and mountain laurel dominate the forest. The forest also supports a diversity of wildlife species including resident and migratory bat species.

Photo by Dan Slattery
Photo by Dan Slattery

Schoolhouse Pond Preserve: This is a 93 acre property across from Burlingame Wildlife Management. The beautiful property consists of undeveloped frontage on pristine School House Pond plus 2.5 miles of hiking trails through hardwood and pine forest.

Directions from Route 1: take Kings Factory Road north to parking lot on left. After hiking a loop here we will carpool 1.8 miles north to Schoolhouse Pond trail for another nice loop.

Links to more about Charlestown Moraine Preserve and Schoolhouse Pond Preserve