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The Narrows – Narragansett

  • The Narrows/Narragansett Beach
  • Beach Street, Narragansett, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°25’59.89″N, 71°27’24.01″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 15, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.4 miles
  • Easy beach walk.

I’ve had this overwhelming desire to go to the beach lately and I happened to be up long before sunrise this morning. Perfect! Into the car and off to Narragansett. When I arrived I parked the car at the end of Ocean Road, then walked to the seawall opening to Narragansett Beach, and made my way to the oceans edge. From here I could see a few ships and the Beavertail lighthouse. The sun was still a few minutes from rising and the sky was full of pastel colors and a nearly full moon. The tide was low and beach seemed wide. There were a few others out including some walkers, surfers, kayakers, and fishermen. As the sun was rising, I walked the mile or so down the beach to an area called The Narrows . It is area where the Pettaquamscutt River flows into the ocean. It is in fact a peninsula with the river on one side and the ocean on the other. The area is home to nesting piping plovers and least terns. After spending a little time taking some photos I retraced my steps along the beach and back to the car. If you want to take in more of the area you can walk the seawall along Ocean Road. Keep in mind though, this is a very active area in the summer. Parking may be difficult to find and fees may be charged to access the beach. I suggest coming here in the off-season or very early in the day. The sunrise is always worth it!

I did not find a trail map online.

Footsteps at Sunrise

Footsteps at Sunrise

Whale Rock – Narragansett

 

Whale Rock Preserve is one of Rhode Islands newest trails. It opened this past December. The snow has finally melted here in South County, but that, unfortunately has made for some mud. Aside that, this walk was all about being at the right place at the right time. I started from the parking area just under the “33 Harvey Lane” sign at the end of Old Boston Neck Road. The first part of the walk follows a dirt driveway past a private residence before continuing past a gate into a grassy area. Along this stretch a red tailed hawk landed on a lower branch of a tree less than 20 feet from me. I did manage to snap a few shots of the hawk. I don’t recall ever seeing one so up close and personal. After the grassy area the trail heads into an area of tall shrubs and trees and has several sections of boardwalks. I also came across a few rabbits in this section. The trail then comes out to an open area that runs along a chain link fence. The other side of the fence is Camp Varnum, a Rhode Island National Guard facility. The trail at this point actually lies on Camp Varnum’s property. Make sure you’ve got your boots on, because this is where it gets deep. Literally, I was beyond ankle deep in mud at points. At the end of the trail is a great overview of Narragansett Bay. From here you can see the remnants of the Whale Rock Lighthouse that was destroyed by the 1938 hurricane. You can also see the Beavertail Lighthouse across the passage. After spending a bit of time here, I retraced my steps back to the car.

I did not find a map on-line for Whale Rock, however, I’ve attached a photo of it below.

Up Close And Personal

Up Close And Personal

Trail Map

Trail Map

Canonchet Farm – Narragansett

 
 

This would be my fifth hike of the day in South County as I try to rebuild endurance after my injury. My goal is to reach the 9 to 10 mile threshold before I start adding hills and climbs back into the routine (My total for the day after 6 hikes would be 8.9 miles). This was also my first hike in Narragansett since the August 10th injury (I was in Narragansett that morning). Canonchet Farm lies across the street from Narragansett Beach. I started this hike from the parking area and almost immediately came across a large boulder along the trail. Shortly after the boulder is a short trail that leads to the shore of a pond. I stopped briefly to take some pictures. I then returned to the main trail and followed it as it meandered along stone walls and Pinewood boardwalks. There is another trail that heads into the abutting wildlife preserve to the shore of Pettaquamscutt Cove. After exploring this I returned to the main trail. My next stop was to photograph some farm animals near the South County Museum. I then continued, crossing a stream, before the trail ended near a community center. I then retraced my steps back to the car.

Trail map can be found at: Canonchet Farm.

A Pond At Canonchet

A Pond At Canonchet

Narragansett Pier – Narragansett

There is a nearly mile long seawall from Narragansett Town Beach to State Pier 5 that overlooks the southern end of the bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is also a spot to watch the sunrise (or the full moon) over the water. This morning I decided to walk here to take advantage of that opportunity. It was a spectacular view indeed on this beautiful August morning. From this location I could see the Beavertail Light at the southern end of Jamestown as well as Breton Point in Newport and the Newport Bridge loomed over the horizon.  I parked the car near the end of Ocean Road at Boston Neck Road and walked southerly passing the infamous Narragansett Towers and passing the Coast Guard House restaurant that is still under major renovations after last years Hurricane Sandy. Below the seawall there are several (maybe hundreds) of “balanced rocks” along the rocky shore. I then walked out to the State Pier where there were several early morning fishermen. I then turned around retracing my steps, pass the car, and then northerly toward the town beach. Early morning surfers were making the best of the beautiful morning. I took a few pictures of the sculptures here before returning to the car.

Summer Sunrise

Summer Sunrise

Black Point – Narragansett

  • Black Point
  • Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°23’59.37″N, 71°27’52.91″W
  • Last Time Hiked: April 10, 2013
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Easy with some rock scaling.

 

This was a nice short mile and a half walk along some very easy paths. There is also the option of some rock scaling here. I started from a parking area just north of Scarborough Beach and I followed the path into the property. Then I immediately took a left onto a fairly new loop path. The path wrapped around an area of thickets and then turned along the the top of bank with some nice ocean views. Just under a half mile the newer loop path turns right and heads back to the parking area. I continued straight onto the older grass path for a bit. After going down a small hill I made my way out the the rocks and spent a little time exploring the area as the waves crashed on the rocks. Both the Point Judith and Beavertail Lights were visible in the distance. I then found my way back to the path and continued southerly until I came across an old stone structure. At this point Scarborough Beach begins. If you wanted to add more distance to this walk you could easily walk the beach. I, however, decided to head back following the grass path back and then turned left on a short path back to the parking area.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

Black Point (Point Judith Light I The Distance To The Right)

Black Point (Point Judith Light In The Distance To The Right)