Big River Management Area
Trails and old roads in the Big River Management Area, Rhode Island
Published in 2005
Map dimensions: 16.25″ (41.3 cm) x 16.125″ (41 cm) – w x h – folds to 3.25″ (8.3 cm) x 5.375″ (13.7 cm)
Printed on two sides on high quality, waterproof, tear resistant Hop-Syn® Synthetic paper
Big River is a relatively new state management area. In the 1960’s, the land comprising the preserve was condemned by the state and the owners evicted so that a large drinking water reservoir could be constructed on the site, to serve the growing needs of Rhode Island’s urban and suburban areas. Thankfully it was never built and we now are able to enjoy this fine conservation area. Big River is crisscrossed with old roads and innumerable footpaths, many of the trails created by dirt bikers and later by mountain bikers. These paths allow access to all corners of this biologically rich and diverse 8300 acre natural area, which includes more than 1200 acres of wetlands. In fact, it was the potential loss of hundreds of acres of these irreplaceable wetlands had the reservoir been built, that lead to the cancellation of the Big River Reservoir project in the 1970’s.
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