- Fort Barton Woods
- Highland Road, Tiverton, RI
- Trailhead: 41°37’30.05″N, 71°12’27.05″W
- Last Time Hiked: March 15, 2013
- Approximate distance hiked: 2.25 miles
- Moderate with some significant elevation.
A few hills and a few valleys made for a good after work hike. Starting at the parking area across from town hall I followed the paved path to the beginning of the natural path. This was the red trail I was on. I followed it until it split. I took the right path and hiked just about the entire red trail counter clockwise winding through areas of holly trees and several brook crossings. Some spots on the trails were very muddy (almost ankle deep in some areas), but those were mostly in the areas near the brooks. The Sin and Flesh Brook made for some good photo opportunities. The red trail is the main loop and is very well marked. I would suggest staying on that trail. Near the end of the red trail loop I opted to check out the blue trail which was poorly marked and overgrown at the time of this hike. I did actually end up off the trail and onto private property for a bit. After getting back onto the red trail and to the exit I stopped off at the observation tower which has great views of the Sakonnet River and the Mount Hope Bridge. Fort Barton also has historical significance as it is a Revolutionary War redoubt and served as a staging area for troops.
Trail map can be found at: Fort Barton Woods