Mowry Conservation Area
This 26-acre site, maintained by the town of Smithfield, was once the site of a forge along the upper Woonasquatocket River. The forge is now gone, but careful examination reveals traces of coke, the remains of the coal once used as fuel. A bridge crosses the stream that runs through the property, and there is a blazed trail for walking.
A rock overhanging the stream and scenic rocky ledges are highlights. A mature white pine forest makes up most of the site, and a huge Eastern hemlock can be seen there. This tranquil site offers opportunity for a quiet walk along the river or a relaxing picnic.
For more information, contact the Smithfield town planner's office, (401) 233-1017.
Follow I-295 to Rte. 7 North. Follow for about 0.7 mile to Rte. 116 and turn left. Continue for 1.2 miles to Rte. 5/104 and turn right. Follow for 1.2 miles to left on Old Forge Road. Road is unmarked, but is directly across from Brayton Road. Travel 0.2 mile on Old Forge Road. to sign for conservation area.
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