Oakland Forest & Meadow Trail
Oakland Forest is a 30-acre parcel located off of Carriage Drive in Portsmouth. It was saved from development in 2000 by ALT and the community. The property includes a regionally ecologically unique old-growth beech forest, with trees estimated to be between 200-300 years old. Amazingly, the trees at Oakland appear to be resistant to beech bark disease, which has devastated many beech forests across the eastern United States, making it a truly special place.
The Oakland Forest and Meadow Trail is a short 0.6 mile loop trail open dawn to dusk that goes through a 10-acre meadow and 20 acres of old-growth beech forest. It is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing or a quiet stroll through the forest.
The trail can be accessed by a small gravel parking lot at the end of Carriage Drive in Portsmouth. Because of Oakland’s unique and delicate ecosystem, dogs are not allowed here on the trail (Sakonnet Greenway Trail has 10 miles of dog-friendly trails though!). There are also no bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed. See the Oakland Forest trail map and trail rules or check us out on ExploreRI.
Enjoy using our trail? Why not help out! ALT has an Adopt-a-Trail program for ongoing trail monitoring and maintenance. Duties include monitoring the trail on a consistent basis, picking up litter, light maintenance, and trail improvement projects as they come about. For more information fill out our Volunteer Form and/or contact Stewardship Director, Alex Chuman at 401-849-2799, ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org