Archive for the ‘ ~NORTH KINGSTOWN RI~ ’ Category

La Farge Point Park – North Kingstown

  • La Farge Point Park
  • Walmsley Lane, North Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°30’20.98″N, 71°27’21.06″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 14, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.5 miles
  • Fairly easy with some elevation.

 

This small town park offers two very short trails that lead to the shores of the Narrow River. There is a road that leads to a small parking area, but the road is rather primitive and parking there would all but eliminate a walk of any distance. For this walk park at the bend in the road at Walmsley Lane and follow the road eastward to the park. The road itself is a public right of way, but do respect the private properties along the road.

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The Narrow River

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Spink Neck Beach – North Kingstown

 

Hot summer day… check, very short walk… check, by the water… check. Spink Neck Beach is near the north end of Quonset Point by the entrance of Allen Harbor. This short beach walk offers views of Patience, Prudence, and Hope Islands.

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Looking North Along The Beach

Compass Rose Beach – North Kingstown

  • Compass Rose Beach
  • Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°35’12.07″N, 71°24’56.55″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 8, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.3 miles
  • Easy beach walk

 

Hot summer day… check, very short walk… check, by the water… check. Compass Rose Beach is a very small beach at Quonset Point facing south towards the West Passage. It is just west of the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry Terminal at the end of Roger Williams Way. Though small and in an industrial area, the beach is very clean with views of the North Kingstown shoreline, Jamestown, and the Jamestown Bridge.

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Looking Towards The Jamestown Bridge

 

Gilbert Stuart – North Kingstown

  • Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum/Nature Trail
  • Gilbert Stuart Road, North Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°31’12.35″N, 71°26’39.08″W
  • Last Time Hiked: July 6, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.7 miles
  • Fairly easy, cost for admission.

 

The very well known local gem, being that of the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum in North Kingstown, offers history, art, and nature. The museum consists of several structures including the house that Gilbert Stuart was born in. Mr. Stuart is known for painting nearly a thousand portraits of famous early Americans including George Washington. His depiction of the first President of the United States was used on the American one dollar bill. The house he was born in, built in 1750, showcases several replicas of his paintings. Furthermore, the house has a waterwheel and in the basement is a snuff mill. The adjacent grist mill, built a few years after the house, also has an operating waterwheel that powers the large grindstones that make corn meal. The gift shop/admission office features a back room that showcases art exhibits. In this room are a couple of Gilbert Stuarts paintings as well as a painting of Mr. Stuart produced by his daughter Jane. There is also a network of nature trails here. The trail head is just over the wooden bridge by an entry gate. The outer loop is blazed with a yellow dot and passes the colonial era Burlingame Cemetery. For this hike ignore the left turn ahead at the red dot connector trail and continue straight to the Carr Pond Overlook. Take a moment to take in nature here. You might catch a glimpse of a great blue heron above the pond that was formed from the dam at Gilbert Stuart. Continuing along the yellow blazed trail you will pass under a canopy of tall oaks and beech trees before coming to the green dot connector trail. Turn left here and soon you will come to the Hammond Cemetery with several gravestones dating back to the 1800’s. Continuing ahead you will pass an impressive New England style stone wall before coming to a three way trail intersection. Turn right here onto the blue dot connector trail. It will lead you back to the yellow blazed outer loop trail. At this intersection on the left is a rather deep cellar hole built upon a hill. To conclude this hike turn left onto the yellow blazed trail and follow it back to the museum. The trails here are only open when the museum is open and there is an admission fee for a guided tour of the buildings, gardens, and entry to the grounds. Be sure to check their website for hours of operation.

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Gilbert Stuart Birthplace

Blue Beach – North Kingstown

  • Blue Beach
  • Circuit Drive, North Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°35’12.85″N, 71°25’51.92″W
  • Last Time Hiked: December 16, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.6 miles
  • Fairly easy beach walk.

 

Blue Beach is well hidden among the industrial complex of Quonset Point. The stone dust path leads from a small parking area to the beach that faces south on Narragansett Bay. From the beach you see the Jamestown Bridge in the distance. There is a brook that breaks the beach at times making the walk rather short. From this beach to the southwest you can catch a glimpse of the Poplar Point Light about a mile away.

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Blue Beach on a Winter Afternoon

Feurer Park – North Kingstown

  • Feurer Park
  • LaFayette Road, North Kingstown, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°34’26.86″N, 71°29’26.91″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 1, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.4 miles
  • Easy with a small hill.

 

While in the neighborhood (after visiting Ryan Park) and visiting every trail I can find in Rhode Island, I decided to stop by Feurer Park. Behind the ball field is a small network of nature trails that wind along and across the Annaquatucket River. The trails under the power lines and the property will end by the railroad tracks. Do not go onto or cross the tracks.

 

Trail map can be found at: Feurer Park

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Annaquatucket River

Ryan Park West – North Kingstown

 

The west side of Ryan Park in North Kingstown offers fields of tall grass a buzz with chirping crickets, leaping grasshoppers, and fluttering butterflies. The trees, shrubs, and surrounding woods also attract several species of birds. From the parking area on Lafayette Road, there is a dirt road of just under a mile that winds gently up and down over small hills to Oak Hill Road. Into the surrounding woods are spur trails that can be explored. If you care to make your way to the other side of Ryan Park follow the trail (orange blaze on tree) from the parking area onto the former railroad bed and head east.

 

Trail map can be found at: Ryan Park West

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Late Spring Afternoon in Ryan Park

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