The Lime Rock Preserve is unique for its variety of habitats including woodlands, streams, open water and calcareous ledges. The Moshassuck River and the Manton Reservoir are both highlights along the trail. The 130 acre Preserve is an excellent place to watch the seasons change, take in the views of the pond, look for birds like migrant warblers, or look for animal tracks in the snow.
Ledges of dolomitic marble produce a special calcareous soil that nurtures 30 rare plant species - more than any other site in Rhode Island. Beautiful ferns and wildflowers grow along ridges of recrystallized limestone.
An abandoned electric rail-bed on western edge of the property provides scenic views of the former town reservoir.
Parking is available as a pull off on the north side of Wilbur Road. Look for the preserve sign.
Some trails get wet and muddy. Please stay on the trails to avoid trampling plants and brushing against poison ivy.
•From Providence, take Route 146 to the Lincoln Woods exit (Twin River Road)
•Turn right at the end of the ramp
•At the first light, turn right onto Route 246 (Louisquisset Pike)
•Take 246 north to Wilbur Road (about 2.4 miles)
•Turn left onto Wilbur Road
•Roughly .5 miles on the right will be the entrance to the Lime Rock Preserve – a small pull-off from the road. Look for the preserve sign.