- Colt State Park
- Hope Street, Bristol, RI
- Trailhead: 41°40’52.86″N, 71°17’21.37″W
- Last Time Hiked: May 3, 2013
- Approximate distance hiked: 4 miles
Friday was another perfect spring day in Rhode Island along Narragansett Bay. I parked my car in a small lot by the Poppasquash Road entrance where the paved walking path begins. I then followed it around a large grass field with a picnic shelter and through a grove of trees where it finally meets with the main road that runs through the park. After crossing the stone bridge I crossed the street to get to the path that runs along the bay. From this path you can see Conimicut Light, Rocky Point, Rumstick Point, the northern end of Prudence Island, as well as the massive wind turbines at the Port of Providence and the skyscrapers of downtown Providence. It was a quiet day on the bay. I only saw one motorboat and one sailboat. After following the shore for a bit the path turns to the left and follows what was once part of Coggeshall Farm Road. I then turned left at the “two lions” where the park headquarters are then right down a small road, crossing the park road where the paved walkway begins again. I followed this walkway along the Mill Gut where I saw an egret. Just before crossing the stone bridge again, a pair of spawning horseshoe crabs caught my attention. I then crossed the bridge and retraced my steps back to the car.
Trail map can be found at: Colt State Park