The LeGrand Reynolds Horsemen’s Camping Area in Exeter, RI has been exclusively available for equestrian use for over fifty years. However, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is considering opening the 52-acre space to the public for camping, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. Horse riders, such as Cecily Westervelt from the Rhode Island Federation of Horse Clubs, fear that this unique space will be lost. They argue that there are already many DEM sites available for recreational use, whereas the LeGrand Reynolds Horsemen’s Camping Area has been specifically designated for equestrian camping. If the issue is financial, horse riders have offered to pay fees higher than the current price of $3 per night. DEM spokesperson Mike Healey stated that the state’s intention is not to expand the area for new recreational uses, but to simplify regulations. The LeGrand Reynolds Horsemen’s Camping Area features a riding ring and several trails, making it a great experience for horse riders.

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