Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve Trail Loop

EASY 12 reviews

Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve Trail Loop is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charlestown, Rhode Island that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles 374 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running



wild flowers


The Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve is The Nature Conservancys second largest nature preserve in Rhode Island, with 841 acres of forest, wetlands, and grasslands. The preserve was envisioned as a place to learn about the natural history of southern New Englands forests.

17 days ago

1 month ago

A local favorite with many choices in trails. The Alltrails suggested trail is actually a combination of trails that takes you around the perimeter of the preserve. That being said, the trails are the best marked I've encountered with numerous markings, "you are here" maps throughout. So pick your trail, or cover them all!

9 months ago

We always enjoy hiking here!

Nice long trail little monotonous scenery

Good hike!

1 year ago

My dog and I love this place! We try to make it here at least once a week weather permitting. If you want to visit in the winter you'll need snowshoes or x-country skis. Another happy place.

2 years ago

Not a bad hike. Good for kids and dogs. Would like to go back in summer or fall when the foliage is out.

2 years ago

One of my favorites places. Well marked and beautiful. A great place for a beginner hiker like myself= great for dogs too!

3 years ago

This place is awful no trail to be found. What a waste of my time.

3 years ago

This mainly hardwood, oak tree rich preserve is great for beginning hikers. It is very well blazed and offers a few different trails (connecting for a nice half day hike, if you choose) and spurs. It's a nice, easy hike without much thinking involved (no rocky scrambles, obstacles, etc). I love how they put a few plaques for tree identification purposes BUT I did take off one star since there were only a few and the road noise (mainly on red trail) can be heard. All in all, great hike. I'd come back. Happy Trails!

trail running
3 years ago

I love trail running here. its very technical and requires a great deal of attention to where you place you feet. Still its beautiful, Horse and bike free, 3 loops that can be linked in such a way that you can run from 2-5 miles.

5 years ago

This Nature Conservancy preserve hike comes in two pieces. There is one loop through grassland. The other loop is through the woods. The grassland area has a stunning variety of plant life. The woods area is an area deeply marked by the retreating boulders. Judging from the stone walls, somebody attempted to farm it at one point, but the forest has long since taken it back. Also featured are more of Rhode Island's mysterious stone cairns.

The day was rainy, and the trails ponded up. Otherwise, the trails were extremely well blazed and easy to follow. Supplemental maps are provided at junctures on the woodland trails. I have thus far noted the same level of trail quality on all of the Nature Conservancy preserves.

NB: Bring your orange. Bowhunting permits are given out between September and January.