John C. Whitehead Preserve

John C. Whitehead Preserve

The Nature Conservancy 29 Meetinghouse Lane Little Compton, Rhode Island 02837

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John C. Whitehead Preserve at Dundery Brook trail map

About this Location

Created by The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island in 2012 of native black locust wood, the Dundery Brook Trail is particularly suitable for younger children and those for whom getting around can be a challenge. Forested wetlands, swamps, old fields, and wet meadows surrounding Dundery Brook trail support a changing variety of creatures throughout the year, so this trail is well worth getting to know.

Following a stem of Dundery Brook, the boardwalk trail provides an outdoor classroom for schoolchildren and visitors to engage with nature up close while learning about freshwater resources that supply drinking water for residents of the surrounding community. Easily traveled on foot, the boardwalk provides views of the swamp’s hidden treasures while the existing grass trail follows the edge of a pond and historic meadowland that offers numerous opportunities for bird sightings as well as deer and wild turkey. Over 60 bird species use this area as breeding habitat including warblers and vireos, hawks and owls, and wood ducks.

Notable Trails

Dundery Brook Trail is the place to experience the myriad of wetland habitats that are endemic to coastal Rhode Island from the safety and comfort of a boardwalk path. Dundery Brook Trail is handicapped accessible.

Dundery Brook Trail crosses from the Town’s Veteran’s Field property into the Conservancy’s 118-acre Bumblebee Preserve, across nearly 3,000 feet of boardwalk structure, which then connects with a grassy trail over an old cart path of an additional 3,000 feet. A hike in and out easily exceeds two miles.

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