Moraine Preserve

Posted By on December 3, 2016

Moraine Preserve

1.84 miles; Charlestown, RI

Our second stop today was a visit to this relatively new preserve belonging to the Charlestown Citizen’s Land Alliance. Geologically, it was a lot like Duval, which makes sense, since it’s part of the same glacial moraine (hence the name). We met a member of the Conservation Commission who encouraged us to try a BRAND NEW trail that had just been cut yesterday. The views of RI Sound were fantastic. Of course, you will have to trust me on that…

Mountain Laurels

Mountain Laurels

This trail starts out going through the wonderfully twisted trunks of mature mountain laurels.

“View” from new trail

“View” from new trail

We were the first hikers to use this newly-cut trail (FIRST!!!!), which was interesting, since it was still pretty rough. And hey, once again, here is a very bad photo of what is actually, in real life, a fantastic view of Rhode Island Sound and Block Island. There, in that orange oval. Honest. That’s Route 1 in the foreground.

Carpenter Ant Galleries

Carpenter Ant Galleries

This old stump caught my eye. It was riddled with carpenter ant galleries and tunnels. I once heard a statistic that claimed that 80% of the trees in these woods are infested with carpenter ants.

Track (click for details)

Track (click for details)

You can find out more about the Moraine Preserve at the website of the Charlestown Citizen’s Land Alliance. There is also a link to a trail map, but it does not include the newly-cut trail. Trailhead: 41.385869, -71.666797; 47 King’s Factory Rd., Charlestown, RI.

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