Connors Farm Conservation Area - Red Loop

Smithfield, RI
Length: 1.70 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 8    Average: 3.9/5]

Connors Farm Conservation area is a hidden gem in Smithfield, RI that offers a unique forest experience in our little state.

The Red Loop trail is just under 2 miles long and features a small wooden foot bridge over a brooke, a small pond with plenty of turtles and frogs, changes in elevation, and a steep but gradual climb to a picnic area at the top of a look out spot. Here you can peer over the edge and sometimes see rock climbers bouldering up the rocks. After the look out you’ll descend along side a natural cranberry bog before rejoining the trail and heading back to the parking lot. The trail is moderate with difficult areas, and would be best suited for carrier hikes and children that can hike on their own.

This location is beautiful and has something to offer year round. It’s a great area to spot wildlife: turtles, deer, frog, rabbits, foxes, hawks, and many other species of birds.

The best time to visit is early fall, but this also makes an amazing challenging hike for winter snowshoeing.

Dog are welcome to use this trail, but must be kept on a leash.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 200 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Rockclimbing, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Viewpoint with picnic area, beech and oak trees, natural cranberry bog, boulders for climbing, small pond, creek, stone bench, bird houses, viewing pond, wildlife.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There are two trail heads to this conservation area, the main trail head is located at 22 Connors Farm Dr and offers a larger parking area within a suburban neighborhood.

The second trail head is much smaller and located at 165 Mann School Rd.

Both trail heads start on the Red Loop trail.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 8    Average: 3.9/5]

Hello! I’m one of the Branch Ambassadors for Rhode Island. My son Maximus was born in November 2017, and we joined HiB that Spring but our branch went dormant. The following year we joined HiB again and quickly found it to be extremely valuable to our lives. We mostly hike with our dog (Knuckles) in tow so it was nice for us to get out with families who enjoy the outdoors just like us! I’m excited to keep learning and growing our branch. We hope to meet you soon!


Trail Map

Getting There

To main trail head (from south east): Take RI-5 N/Cedar Swamp Rd, Pleasant View Ave and Mann School Rd to Connors Farm Dr

To 165 Mann School Rd (from south east): Take RI-5 N/Cedar Swamp Rd and Swan Rd to Mann School Rd