- Miantonomi Hill
- Hillside Avenue, Newport, RI
- Trailhead: 41°30’32.25″N, 71°18’28.51″W
- Last Time Hiked: September 13, 2015
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
- Fairly easy with some elevation.
Atop the highest point in Newport stands the Miantonomi Tower. It was built in the 1920’s as a memorial to the soldiers who served in World War I. Around the base of the hill and up to the tower are a short network of well groomed trails that meander around the property. Parking is available along Hillside Avenue and the trailhead leading to the tower is just beyond the playground. The trail climbs slightly uphill a bit before coming to an intersection. The trail to the left exits the property, the trail ahead wraps around the base of the hill, and the trail to the right leads up to the tower. I took the opportunity to explore most of the trails here totaling in just about a mile. Some of the side trails lead to the edge of ledges and outcrops of conglomerate rock that are well worth checking out. The Aquidnick Island Land Trust also opens the tower at times for the general public to climb. The views from the top of the tower are quite impressive.
I did not find a trail map on-line.