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Sowams Woods
Washington Rd & S Lake Dr, Barrington, RI 02806
The wooded site covers 12 acres on the edges of Echo Lake, the Rhode Island Country Club golf course and WashingtonMore Road. Narrow hiking trails wind through the property, purchased by the Barrington Land Conservation Trust for preservation in 2006. Parking is limited to several off-road spaces at the start of the red blaze trail north of the golf course. With 800 feet of frontage on the lake, the property is believed to be the only nesting site for Diamondback terrapins in the state. Dozens of species of birds visit the site each year.
Doug Rayner Wildlife Sanctuary at Nockum Hill
George St & Warren Ave, Swansea, MA 02777
This 70-acre nature reserve, named for a well-known Barrington naturalist, sits northwest of Hundred Acre Cove. ItsMore marshes and uplands are considered significant natural areas in Rhode Island as home to endangered bird species and diamondback terrapin. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust holds an easement, and the town has placed ordinances on the property to protect it. Nockum Hill is a historic site in its own right. A large boulder, that sits a few yards from the entrance, pinpoints the spot of one of the first Baptist meetinghouses in America. The first shots of the King Philip's War were fired nearby. You can access the location by taking Warren Avenue in Swansea to George Street. Look for a road by the boulder. You can park by the white entrance gate. Follow a dirt road to the refuge, which includes wide, well-cleared trails that lead to wooded areas and fields of wildflowers and birdboxes. One trail drops to a sandy beach.
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