Tillinghast Pond Management Area
Plain Road, West Greenwich
At nearly 2,000 acres, the Tillinghast Pond Management Area is The Nature Conservancy’s largest land holding in RI. Along with Arcadia and Wickaboxet Mgmt Areas, and URI’s Alton Jones campus, Tillinghast helps connect 40,000 acres of protected forest spanning the RI-CT border.
From the far right side of the parking lot on Plain Rd, pick up the Tillinghast Pond Loop trail through oak and pine woods, to an overlook on the east side of the pond and then to one of the biggest of the many glacial boulders on the property. You can turn around there, or extend your hike all the way around the pond.
Length: 1.4 miles to boulder and back; 2.2 miles around entire pond
Difficulty: moderate for children
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
You might want to bring: a canoe, kayak, or fishing gear
Note: fluorescent orange requirements apply for all users during the hunting season (learn more)
Get directions or follow ours: From I-95, take Exit 5B – Route 102 North. Follow Route 102 for 2.8 miles, past the West Greenwich Town Hall, and turn left onto Plain Meeting House Road. Follow for 3.9 miles past the Wickaboxet Management Area. At the next intersection, turn right onto Plain Road. The parking lot will be on your right, about 1/2 mile up.