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Mowry Conservation Area is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Smithfield, Rhode Island that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.8 mi Elevation gain 82 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wildlife
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A Zen-full Woodland packed into 44 acres. This shady 44 acre retreat given to the town by S. Burton and Mary Mowry (the Mowry family owned it since 1845) offers something for just about everybody: a stocked trout stream, a picturesque place for picnics, stone walls, marked walking trails that begin just beyond an arching footbridge, and, for the history buffs, much stonework that remains from the 18th century forge, for which Forge Road was named, and a sawmill. In spring and summer, water still tumbles through the old dam creating a miniature but thoroughly delightful waterfall. Squirrels, chipmunks and birds abound in the picnic and stream area, signs of deer and other wildlife can be found farther from the road, and muskrats and an occasional otter frequent the tiny pond just above the old dam. Hemlocks and pines, many of them very old and tall, dominate the lower area where an orange-blazed trail makes a short loop. A longer yellow-blazed path, accessible from the orange loop, runs up a steep ridge and back through hardwoods of several varieties and mountain laurel.. It returns through pines and ends near an old dam.

There is no official parking lot but the old county road opens up just past the trail head and offers parking along the road for about 3 cars.

Don at Blackstone Valley Outfitters in Lincoln, RI 01-312-0369 or don@bvori.com

Look for the entrance sign and park along Old Forge Road between Farnum Pike(Route 104) and Log Road just north of Stump Pond.

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Lori Nero
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Austin Vieira
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Lauren Sanford
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Gary Champagne
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HikingGreat!

Very easy for myself and kids

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Brian Platt
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Love it here. First time back since the end of June. We’re so lucky to have places like this to visit. A cleansing way to start the day.

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Chris Gomez
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David Mollo
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Sarah Bouvier
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Nice spot for kids to explore. Mostly easy trails, with a few options for more challenging routes.

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Meghan Warren
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WalkingRocky

Well-marked and family friendly. There are a lot of rocks and roots to step over and a decent incline/climb at a couple of places on the yellow trail, but it’s worth it. Lovely trail, doing yellow and red both takes less than an hour.

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Nicholas Kuczmarski
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Hiking

The AllTrails directions didn't make any sense, I'd just follow the trail map at the entrance and do both red and yellow for a decent hike.

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Anupama Rachuri
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It was hilly, Rocky and fun. Not too much crowd during covid time.

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Michael Shafer
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Tatyana Shabalina
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Rocky Martin
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Nice short shady trail. Only did yellow trail. One section where you come to a split and not marked well to tell you which way to go. Stayed right and led to more yellow trail.

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Liane Lamoureux
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App dropped Mileage, was 1.97 miles round trip

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Daniel Graf
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Nice little scenic trail. very easy. just short. 1.2 miles both together.

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Phoebe Peck
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Nice trail, perfect short hike with my 11yr old and the dog. A little muddy but really nice little river and the paths are well marked.

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Ankush Parab
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Easy small trail.. fully covered in trees. Nice if you want a short brea away from city.

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Jubilant Sloth
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Really nice area. Yellow path is mostly shady for hot days

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Ketti Parente
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Make sure to walk across the street and check out the Mowry Commons Trail too: https://trailsandwalksri.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/mowry-farm-smithfield/

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Alex Bewley
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This is a nice little spot for a quick hike. I think someone that is experienced with blazing trails should re do the ones that are there as turns aren’t marked correctly, some blazes aren’t facing the direction you are coming from and nailing signs with arrows isnt necessary. My biggest issue? The amount of irresponsible dog owners that use this area. Curbing your dog means you Pick up their poop and carry it out with you. There are bags of dog poop littering the entire trail. This is why some places don’t allow dogs.

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Jen Davis
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This is a cute little trail. My 3 yr old can walk the whole thing with me no problem.

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Carla Colcord
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Very nice couple of trails! Across the street there is a land trust so you can double your walk. Very well maintained and good markers. Beautiful stream with an interesting cave and stone walls. Fishing in the pond on the trust land. Perfect place to enjoy an hour in nature!

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sardie inxi
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HikingBugsMuddy

Got a bite on my nose and Ivy got a tick even with a tick collar! Use bug spray and be prepared with bug spray. Trail was very pretty. Foresty scenery!

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Courtney Lyn
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