Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve Trail Loop

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Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve Trail Loop is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charlestown, Rhode Island that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

The Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve is The Nature Conservancys second largest nature preserve in Rhode Island, with 841 acres of forest, wetlands, and grasslands. The preserve was envisioned as a place to learn about the natural history of southern New Englands forests.

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14 hours ago

Nice trails. Very well marked with easy to follow maps available on site. Varied terrain for the area and lots of big boulders for kids to climb on. I also loved the variety of trails and distances to choose from. Did the split rock trail and the moraine trail loops totaling about 2 miles with a 10, 8 and 5 year old. Didn't see anyone else the whole time.

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2 months ago

We did a 5.5 mile loop with the kids (3, 11, 15... the 3 year old was in a backpack) and they did great. It took us 2 hours to go on the outside of all the loops.

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9 months ago

A local favorite with many choices in trails. The Alltrails suggested trail is actually a combination of trails that takes you around the perimeter of the preserve. That being said, the trails are the best marked I've encountered with numerous markings, "you are here" maps throughout. So pick your trail, or cover them all!

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