Coney Brook Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Coney Brook Trail is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near West Greenwich, Rhode Island that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
180 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

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.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice loop with wood and field scapes. Narrow paths with little impact on the surrounding area. Decently marked trails and maps! Unfortunately, due to a damn, there is a part of the trail that has been partially submerged near the brook. Overall, some very beautiful parts and decent inclines.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

A bit of a deep woods with some nice hills. I see deer and turkey constantly on this trail, and theres stairs set into the steepest slope.

5 months ago

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016