Located some ways down a rural area on the border of Ashaway RI, Westerly Town Forest is a quaint spot for anyone who finds solace when venturing into the woods.
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Traveling down Laurel Ave, Westerly RI, the winding trails can be found on the left side of this road, welcomed by a ‘Westerly Town Forest’ entrance with roughly two-hundred acres of land and tall trees.
As it is mentioned by locals, the overall area is not too steep with hills, and this is probably what helps a safe exploration. Young/elderly folk and dog-walker friendly, the forest is rich and green, having great markers and maps along the way.
On the northern side of the establishment, there is a waterfront helping to preserve the Pawcatuck River (CT borderline), known to coexist with nearby swamp lands.
Although there haven’t been many rumors of rare species residing within the hard-wood lands, climate changes and current research could provide some evidence of new friends to the reservation. The times are a-changing.
For those who are interested in a more in-depth analysis of some biological standpoints and observation, this is a link of a recent study in 2006: www.westerly.govoffice.com › uploads
(note: it is a PDF file)
Ive had the opportunity to visit this place on several occasions with friends and neighbors. So far, its been a very calm and relaxing experience. I’ve brought a book out there a few times. You don’t exactly find yourself to be straining to get to the top of a mountain (those can be fun too), though you certainly get some healthy blood-flow after about a two-mile hike on some of these chosen paths.
A total of four hiking trails can be enjoyed in this particular spot, and makes for some great sights of the sun setting along some valleys near the power lines. It’s a serene place, and great to check out if you haven’t already!