Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Exeter, Rhode Island that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.4 miElevation gain164 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestWildlife
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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.

Stony lane is an unimproved town road. Unfortunately, dumping and litter occur often. Please notify us of these problems. Consider joining the Friends of the Cuttyhunk Brook Preserve and help keep the preserve pristine and enjoyable for other visitors.

From Route 4, take exit 5B toward Exeter. Merge onto Route 102 North/Ten Rod Road. Follow Route 102 North for about 2.5 miles. After the Exeter Volunteer Fire Station, take next right onto Sunderland Road. A small parking area is under a quarter of a mile on the right.

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Wendy Lane
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Nicole Gomes
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Kimberly Sullivan
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Aarin Drew
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Beautiful trail. Marked well

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Lauri Lee
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Well-marked, somewhat rocky trail. A great hike in the woods for a cold, windy day!

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Katie Johnson
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Jake Holzwarth
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Rebecca Amore
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too many people.

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Chenoa Cahoone
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Kathy Dalton
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Nicely marked trail, enjoyed the hike very much. One slight incline but very manageable

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John H
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Nice woodlands walk that intersects a brook. Old homestead foundation and stone walls along the trail.

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Susan Balcirak
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Pretty pine and oak forest hike with views of Cuttyhunk Brook. Interesting clusters of moss covered boulders scattered in the woods

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Rebecca Amore
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Patrick McLewin
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david nicolato
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Well marked, nice topography. Kids loved the Brook and the historic cemetery.

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Jennifer Eldridge
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M Gagnon
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Nancy Sherman
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Very well marked which is very helpful with the leaves on the ground. And OK, fairly easy trail. Not a lot of interesting features.

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Rebecca Amore
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Jake Holzwarth
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Janice G
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Beautiful hike! Well maintained loop

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Kim Smith Barnett
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Nathan Frappier
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Patrick McLewin
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Michelle Brophy-Baermann
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Nice trail, not sure that it’s moderate. Very well marked. Circled around on yellow and did short white connector to make it almost 3 miles.

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Mike Coppa
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Love it! Make sure to extend west on Stony Lane to end at pretty swamp.

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Paul Nadeau
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Trail was very well marked. Historic homestead was neat. Overall, a good place to have a nice quiet walk in the woods.

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David Mastracchio
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nice loop with historical cemetery

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Tonya Beaudet
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Stephanie Trafka
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