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LeRoy L. Wood School Trail

Find yourself immersed in nature along Fairhaven’s LeRoy L. Wood School Trail, designed to engage young explorers’ curiosity. This short path through rich woods leads you past a vernal pool and along the edge of a bird-filled salt marsh on Priests Cove.

Simmons Mill Pond Management Area

Sun-dappled forest surrounds six still ponds at Simmons Mill Pond Management Area in Little Compton, maintained for hunting by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Known for its hand-lettered educational signs, Simmons Mill is also popular among hikers, horseback riders, paddlers, and young explorers curious about the natural world.

Samantha Ladd has explored all over the world by paddle: from Colorado’s white waters to the aqua blue of the Caribbean, across the Atlantic in Greece, Portugal, and Croatia, and along the West Coast from Mexico to Washington state. Yet Ladd, the co-founder of Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, decided to put down roots in Westport, where she spends her days exploring and guiding paddlers among the rivers, harbors, salt marshes, and exposed shores of Buzzards Bay.

“We are so lucky here, truly,” Ladd says. “We have so much to explore. It’s more of a question of, where can’t I go?”

Goosewing Beach Preserve

Explore one of Rhode Island’s most exquisite coastal ecosystems at Goosewing Beach Preserve, a sandy barrier beach along grassy dunes and the waters of Quicksand Pond in Little Compton. This glacier-carved environment isn’t just a beautiful place for a secluded beach day or a revitalizing seaside walk; it’s also important habitat for threatened birds that has been preserved by The Nature Conservancy.