Coney Brook Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Greenwich, Rhode Island that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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A clear-running stream frames this trail, featuring stone walls, big trees, and exceptional topography. The Coney Brook Trail is accessed via the Pond Trail, at a trail junction approximately 500 feet from the north side of the TPMA parking lot. (Look for the orange blazes.) The trail soon crosses over Plain Road and into a clearing, which was created in 2009 to stimulate the regeneration of a pitch pine grove. The optional Logger's Trail is quickly in sight to the right, but the Coney Brook Trail proceeds straight ahead into the forest, along an abandoned cart path. This path leads gently downhill, passing the ruins of the old Parker Place, once a small farm with zig-zagging stone walls. The trail continues to the bottom of the hill, where it heads north, skirting the edge of lush, forested wetlands. Here, the route takes advantage of the topography, following the tops of small glacial ridges, called eskers, which were formed about 14,000 years ago. Hemlock Ridge is one of those eskers, providing a shady, fragant resting place, even on the brightest summer day. As hikers climb back up the hill toward Plain Road, they will likely hear Coney Brook babbling away before they see it. A series of railings and a small bridge provide for safe viewing of brook, which can range from a trickle to a torrent, depending on rainfall and beaver activity upstream. After one more short climb, the trail breaks out into a hayfield, which The Nature Conservancy leases to a local farmer. The Coney Brook Trail concludes at the intersection with Plain Road, where hikers have the option of turning right to return to the parking lot or turning left to continue onto the Pond Trail.

Coney Brook Trail provides a nice mix of habitats, attracting a wide variety of songbirds, from eastern towhees and chipping sparrows in the clearings to ovenbirds and scarlet tanagers in the forest. Bring insect repellent in the summer months; a hat will help ward off deerflies, which can be a nuisance. This trail has a few more hills than the other Tillinghast trails, but they are generally small enough that the hike will still appeal to a wide audience. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

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Brenda Johnson
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Kimberly Sullivan
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Chenoa Cahoone
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Tracey Haley
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Nice cold hike

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Craig Halford
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Well marked routes. Great Day out.

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Kimberly Sullivan
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Kristie Jenkins
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Sara Huddle
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Brian Thornton
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Nowell Bartlett
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Julie Walls
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Creepy

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Johanna Harvey
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Great trail, well marked and maintained with good pond views

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Wendy Krout
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Kevin Dehner
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Beautiful, lots of wet leaf cover so a bit slick

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Tim Knapton
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Kevin Dehner
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Getting leaf-covered but always a great run. Canada Geese honking on the pond today

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Lindsay Young
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Beautiful pond loop, I added on a little with the trail across the street, which was less pretty and a little harder. Pond loop views were really pretty in autumn. Easy for an average hiker, closer to moderate for someone who doesn’t hike a lot or has poor balance.

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Brian Loranger
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Tracey Haley
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Awesome hike

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Jeff Guillemette
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Lots of trees down. My app stopped recording halfway through the second loop. Total trip was 4.5 miles.

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Elizabeth F
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This trail was awesome with some elevation. Well marked. Pretty Views of the brook and pond.

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Jeff Guillemette
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This might be my new favorite hike.

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matt pinkos
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Part of tillinghast. Some parts by the pond some in the woods and some on the street

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Carl Richards
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This was a nice easy hike for me and my dog. It was a dry and scenic hike with subtle elevation changes. Overall it was a great beginner's hike.

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Tracey Haley
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A beautiful 66° day hike. We did the trail clockwise which is opposite to our usual. Definitely a nice hike. There was a lot of downed tree because of the high winds last night and today. Enjoy!

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Christopher LeBlanc
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Went early September. Lots of different trail options. Also highly recommend the pond loops not much mud. Bring bug spray and enjoy the trail.

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John Linderman
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Thoroughly enjoyed the solitude on this trail. I went early June in the afternoon and never saw one person. The trail is well-marked and there is no way to get mixed up as there are no trail deviations to create confusion. It’s wooded along the 90% of it and you get to see everything from meadows to lake views. The path is relatively wide with only a few roots and rocks to complicate your footing. I went less than 6 hours after 12 hours of heavy rain and never had any mud issues. Highly recommend this trail. I’ll post pics also.

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Tracey Haley
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This trail was nice. It was very different terrain throughout the trail. I would rate it as easy. There was a few hills to get your heart pumping but relatively easy other than that. The area is one of my favorite places to hike lately. I love that there are several really nice trails from the same parking lot.

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Brian Loranger
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Beautiful and peaceful trail with very little traffic. I enjoyed this trail very much.

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Kylie Beth
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I walked the Tillinghast pond loop. There was a fresh layer of snow on the ground which made for a beautiful hike! The trails are very easily marked.

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