Mowry Conservation Area

EASY 5 reviews

Mowry Conservation Area is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Smithfield, RI that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips






A Zen-full Woodland packed into 44 acres This shady 44 acre retreat given to the town by S. Burton and Mary Mowry (the Mowry family owned it since 1845) offers something for just about everybody: a stocked trout stream, a picturesque place for picnics, stone walls, marked walking trails that begin just beyond an arching footbridge, and, for the history buffs, much stonework that remains from the 18th century forge, for which Forge Road was named, and a sawmill. In spring and summer, water still tumbles through the old dam creating a miniature but thoroughly delightful waterfall. Squirrels, chipmunks and birds abound in the picnic and stream area, signs of deer and other wildlife can be found farther from the road, and muskrats and an occasional otter frequent the tiny pond just above the old dam. Hemlocks and pines, many of them very old and tall, dominate the lower area where an orange-blazed trail makes a short loop. A longer yellow-blazed path, accessible from the orange loop, runs up a steep ridge and back through hardwoods of several varieties and mountain laurel.. It returns through pines and ends near an old dam.

8 days ago

30 days ago

Nice short hike. Tricky slopes make it slightly challenging.

2 months ago

Nice trail, well marked. It was short but that worked for our pug who doesn't do well on long walks. Definitely easy as far as difficulty goes.

8 months ago

Nice trail. I would not rate it as 'easy' though....some steep rocky hills early on....a few narrow and muddy areas to navigate through. Beautiful scenery and well marked. We did the yellow diamond trail. We will return to try the red trail. We did this hike on a 52 degree February day. With all the rock ledges I can guarantee you will see some snakes in the warmer weather

8 months ago