Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Exeter, Rhode Island that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

Trail through oak-pine forest featuring Cuttyhunk Brook, a historic homestead, stone walls and glacial erratics. From the parking area at Sunderland Road, the yellow loop trail travels east along an old logging road. The property was selectively logged in the past and additional old logging roads crisscross the property. Numerous stone walls are found on the property which is indicative of land that was once pasture. Oak, white pine, huckleberry and mountain laurel are common along the trail. The trail descends and crosses Cuttyhunk Brook arriving at the yellow loop intersection. The left spur travels alongside Cuttyhunk Brook, which is particularly visible in late fall and winter. The trail takes a gradual ascent into the uplands of white pine forest onto additional old logging roads which take various turns throughout. Follow the yellow blazes in order to stay on the correct path. The trail arrives at Stony Lane, an unimproved town road. Turn right onto Stony lane and follow the road east to the trail turn on the right which travels south back to the trail junction. The right spur passes a historic homestead which is marked by stone foundations. Continuing on, the trail takes a left into white pine forest, through a large stone wall and along a boulder field. Follow the yellow blazes to Stony Lane, an unimproved road, and take a left. Follow the road and turn left at the trail markers. Old logging roads are common throughout this area with some unauthorized vehicle use. Follow the yellow blazes in order to stay on the correct path which will return to the trail intersection at Cuttyhunk Brook.

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1 month ago

one of the most forgettable hikes I've ever been on, honestly. I don't understand all the 4 and 5 star reviews. The brook itself was barely a trickle even with all the rain we've had this year. Sure it was peaceful, but very very easy. I knocked it out in less than an hour.

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2 months ago

Really sweet trail, not too easy, not too hard. No wildflowers to speak of but a nice stand of milkweed at the start. Use bug spray - lots of tall grasses along the way and some brambles across the trail. Some wet/slippery spots after the rain the other day, and watch out for the broken glass areas on Stony Road at the entrance to each wood trail. But a nice trail. Perfect day for hiking!!

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11 months ago

nice trails well marked. very peaceful. my dog loved it