Maps and Trails
Newly improved overlook of the Rhode River on the Java History Trail. Photo: Karen McDonald/SERC
SERC has three main hiking trails: the Java History Trail, the Discovery Trail and the Contee Farm Trail network. They each range from 1 to 2.5 miles long. During the pandemic, we've made some improvements to our trails. Download the map below to see where you can hike.
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Java History Trail (1.3 miles, loop)
Travel through time, and discover how Native Americans, farmers and scientists have used the land through the centuries. This trail starts at the Reed Education Center and takes a loop through the forest. Follow the blue trail blazes on the trees.
Discovery Trail (1.3 miles round-trip, no loop)
Stroll along the waters of the Rhode River and Muddy Creek, and enjoy the quiet beauty of the marshes. To access the Discovery Trail, start at the Reed Education Center and follow the waterfront section of the Java History Trail for about a quarter mile until you pass a boardwalk. Go left at the fork after the boardwalk. Follow the pink trail blazes on the trees.
Contee Farm Trails (1.6-2.5 miles, loops)
Start at the Contee Mansion Ruins and take in a scenic overlook of the Rhode River. From there, the trails dive into the forest and alongside a stream, with additional overlooks of the woods along the way. This trail network includes the Contee Watershed Trail (a 1.6 mile loop) and the Squirrel Neck trail, which branches off into an additional 1-mile loop and rejoins the Contee Watershed Trail.