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Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve
Old Mill Road, Charlestown

The Nature Conservancy’s Carter Preserve boasts more than 5 miles of well-marked hiking trails through rare pitch pine and scrub oak forests and a very large, scenic grassland. As one of the largest protected areas in the state, it contributes to an 11-mile corridor of open space running from the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge to the Carolina Management Area.

Length: 1.0 mile; 1.9 miles if you include the Grassland Trail
Difficulty: easy 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)

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Carter Preserve website.

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