Frenchtown Park & Frye Nature Preserve
1127 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich
This quiet little gem doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it is quite beautiful and easy to get to. Not too far from Main Street, and abutting residential developments, there are 125 acres to explore on the grounds of the old Tillinghast factory, where cotton thread was manufactured beginning in the early 1800s. From the parking lot, follow the yellow Cotton Mill Trail for about 0.6 miles. You can turn around here or hook up with the red trail through Frye Nature Preserve for an extra 0.75 miles. Before or after following these trails, take some time to visit the Tillinghast Mill ruins. Follow the path along the stream that starts at the break in the railing of the bridge at the pond. In about 400 feet, you’ll reach the remains of old houses, bridges, and stone walls..
Length: 1.2 miles; 2.1 if you extend your hike into Frye Nature Preserve
Difficulty: moderately challenging for children due to the rugged trail
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
You might want to bring: a camera, wildflower field guide
Get directions or follow ours: Take Route 95 to exit 8 or 8A and head south on Route 2 (South County Trail) for three miles. Turn right on Frenchtown Road and travel about 0.7 mile. Look for the entrance on your right, just before the East Greenwich Parks building and across the street from Frenchtown Elementary School.