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Sunset Farm Trail – Narragansett

  • Sunset Farm Trail
  • Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°24’24.97″N, 71°28’48.22″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 15, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

 

Tucked away behind Sunset Farm is one of the newest trail systems in Rhode Island. A working farm, you must first make your way past the gate and follow the signs along the dirt road through the farm area. Be sure to close the gate behind you!! The trail is to the left just as you approach a stone wall at the northern edge of the property. The trail is flanked by the wall to the right and a wire fence to the left. Along this stretch are sweeping views of the farm fields. At the next intersection, and for this hike, turn left and follow the trail into a wooded area. A stone wall will now be on your left. Look for a very distinctive and obviously out of place stone in the wall. At the end of this trail turn right. The path to the left is blocked with a gate. From here you will gently descend downhill through an area with old apple trees and grape vines. The scent of grapes was rather strong at the time of this hike, and with the fruit, the birds. There were many of them singing in the nearby shrubs. At the next trail intersection there is signage. Turn left here, cross over a boardwalk, and then slightly uphill to a small knoll with a bench. There is a small view corridor (likely larger when the leaves are off the trees) of Point Judith Pond. From here retrace your steps back to the intersection. Continue straight ahead and slightly uphill. At the next intersection continue straight and then retrace your steps back to and through the farm. Be sure to check out the farm stand for fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, sauces, and meats. Around the other side of the barn are pens. You may catch a glimpse of a cow or goat.

 

Map can be found at: Sunset Farm Trail.

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The Trail Flanked by Fence and Wall

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Point Judith – Narragansett

  • Point Judith – Camp Cronin
  • Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°21’44.47″N, 71°29’8.45″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 22, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Rocky beach walk, otherwise easy.

 

Part of the South Shore Management Area on the western tip of Point Judith, this little spot known as Camp Cronin offers a few different terrains. There is a small walkway, by the Point Judith Fishermen’s Memorial, that leads up to a hill that offers a general view of the surrounding area. Then on each side of the breakwater are small beaches. The one to the east, exposed to the ocean, is very rocky and only suitable for walking during lower tides. The beach to the west, inside the safe harbor, is small and sandy. Exploring a little of each will give you a stroll of up to a half mile. The view of the Point Judith Lighthouse is phenomenal here. You are likely to find photographers, fishermen, and beach-goers here on most days.

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Point Judith Lighthouse

 

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
  • Harvey Lane, Narragansett, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°26’57.61″N, 71°26’32.17″W
  • First Time Hiked: March 15, 2014
  • Last Time Hiked: July 21, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.7 miles
  • Easy.
 

Opened in December 2013, Whale Rock Preserve is one of Rhode Islands nicest trails.  The trail starts 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. Note the field to the right with several birdhouses. After the grassy area the trail heads into an area of tall shrubs and trees and has several sections of boardwalks. An abundance of birds and an occassional rabbit is quite common along this stretch. 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. Do note that in the spring this section can be muddy. The trail then approaches the lower part of Narragansett Bay at where the West Passage meets the Atlantic Ocean. 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. There is access to the rocks here, but do be careful. The trail continues about another third of a mile following the coast line just outside the fence of Camp Varnum before reaching a small beach at the terminus of the trail. The views are quite spectacular here, especially in the summer months when the bay is full of boats and the coastal wildflowers are in bloom inviting butterflies and bees.

Whale Rock Trail Map below.

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Remnants of the Whale Rock Lighthouse

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)

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