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Snake Den State Park, Johnston

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Snake Den State Park is a 1000acre Rhode Island state park on U.S. Route 6 in Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island in the United States. The park includes a working farm, Dame Farm, and is largely undeveloped with limited recreational opportunities. The park is named for a canyon-like fissure on the park grounds.
The farm was previously owned by the Steere and Dame families of Johnston. A Steere family cemetery lies within the park. The state purchased the property in 1969 from the Palazzi family, who had preserved the farm in a historic condition that dates back to the 18th century. The park was established to rescue open space in the greater Providence metropolitan area and to preserve part of the state’s farming history. A 2005 plan by the state to develop a waterpark at Snake Den State Park was defeated by the citizens of Johnston who were concerned with the amount of traffic that would be brought to the area. Current plans call for the development of picnic areas and playing fields. The Division of Parks and Recreation is headquartered in the former, 22-room Palazzi family farmhouse.
The park is open year-round and features walking trails that provide visitors with opportunities to view the farm, foliage, and wildlife of the park.
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  • Nice well maintained trails. All trails made it look like a loop but, it wasn't. If you take a side trails just know you will not end up where you started... Wasn't expecting to feel like we were...  more »
  • Great place to get away from it all, Has a liitle bit of it all, granite cliffs, nature trails, wetlands, wildlife, two historical cemetaries even an abandoned 19th century quarry. Bring your dog...  more »
  • Nice leisure hike. Roughly about 3 miles of trails. All paths are very wide and well maintained. I went on a week day and didn't see a single person on the trails. Nice to get away from everything without getting too far away.
  • Visited the wicked tulip farm on three property. Wonderful farm with thousands off pick your own tulips available. Will definitely make this a yearly event. Have never seen so many different tulips in one location.

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