Waypoyset Preserve

The Waypoyset Preserve is one of 45 land trusts in Rhode Island that have set aside land for preservation. It runs just north of 45 Narrows Road in Bristol to the Bristol Narrows at the mouth of the Kickemuit River in Mount Hope Bay. Trails can be accessed from the Narrows parking lot. This land that has remained much as it was in the 17th century. The Town of Bristol acquired the site to prevent future development when an archaeological survey found artifacts and evidence of the site being used by humans for about 8,000 years. There may be more artifacts under the water as the water level has risen over that time.


The trail begins at the Narrows parking lot and extends past a stream into the woods that occupy most of the 20 acres in the Preserve.


The preserve supports a variety of indigenous plant and animals within its boundaries.



Fall River and the Touisset portion of Warren is visible across the Bristol Narrows here.


Click here for a Trails & Hikes in RI page about hiking in the Waypoyset Preserve.

Click on map below for a Google satellite map.


There is ample parking at the narrows where the path to the Preserve can be accessed.