The area around Sowams Woods is believed to be an area set aside hundreds of years ago by the Pokanoket Tribe for women and for childbirth, a place of peace. Today, it offers multiple intersecting trails through a fabulous wooded area on the west bank of Echo Lake in the middle of Barrington. Click here for a 20-minute video of a walk led by Land Trust Executive Director Cindy Elders on December 12, 2022.
(Above, left) Volunteer Steward for Sowams Woods Ellen Berren, right, welcomes the group for a one-hour walk. (Above, center and right) Land Trust Executive Director Cindy Elders leads the walk, keeping an ear out for the many birds that inhabit the area.
(Above, left) Click on the above map for a larger version on-line. (Above, right) Many of the trees there have been labeled by the Land Trust. Sowams Woods features 800 feet of frontage on Echo Lake and is located near the PIC-WILL Nature Preserve and Big Mussachuck Creek salt marsh.
In 2011, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust (BLCT) purchased the Sowams Woods, a pleasantly wooded property of 12 acres and home of the only nesting site in Rhode Island for the declining population of Diamondback terrapins.