198 Bowling Lane, Bradford
The Westerly Land Trust owns and manages this expansive preserve of over 540 acres with over 2.5 miles of frontage along the Pawcatuck River. Approximately 6 miles of trails pass through wetlands, a lagoon, forests, and a historic cemetery, as well as over several footbridges and up “Big Hill,” which has a lovely scenic view of the area. The paths are fairly well marked; just keep an eye out for trail markers and consult the map often.
Length: 3.4 miles; 6.1 miles if you extend on the orange trail
Difficulty: challenging for kids
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
Note: fluorescent orange requirements apply for all users during the hunting season (learn more)