Pettaquamscutt Rock – South Kingstown
- Pettaquamscutt Rock/Treaty Rock Park
- Middlebridge Road, South Kingstown, RI
- Trailhead: 41°28’15.59″N, 71°27’5.03″W
- Last Time Hiked: September 13, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
- Difficult in areas with significant elevation and climbing.
At this site, in 1657, the colonists who were settling this area purchased the surrounding land from the sachems of the Narragansett tribe. Furthermore, a few years earlier in 1637, it is believed Roger Williams and William Coddington completed the purchases of Providence and Aquidnick at this site. Today it is a town owned property with a small recreational park at the front lower end and a short trail leading to the historic rock. There is a small, but limited in size, parking area at the front of the park. From here I crossed the lawn to a grass trail that led to a basketball court. The narrow dirt trail starts at the court and wanders uphill. The trail is unblazed and rather narrow running through areas of thickets. The trail leads to the massive ledge wall of the eastern side of the rock. Here I turned right continuing along the trail. Up to this point the hike was rather easy. The trail then turns left and scurries up the massive rock. If you are not comfortable with climbing, I would suggest not to go any further. The incline is quite impressive and the footing can be a little tricky with some loose soil, rocks, and leaves. After making it to the top of the rock I sat for a while taking in the view. From here you can overlook Narragansett and see the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast and the Newport Bridge to the northeast. I then retraced my steps back to the car actually sitting down part of the way back down the trail. I saw a lone deer on this property as well as several birds.
I did not find a trail map on-line.