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Gull Cove – Portsmouth

  • Gull Cove Fishing Area
  • Fall River Expressway, Portsmouth, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°38’4.28″N, 71°13’56.86″W
  • Last Time Hiked: August 14, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Easy beach walk and trails.

 

Gull Cove is best known as a fishing area along the very busy Route 24. There are a handful of trails here, with a beach walk, make for a walk of a mile. This walk is tide dependent however as most of the trail along the shore can be submerged at higher tides. The trail head is not easy to find as well unless you are looking for it. About halfway down the access road is a widening to park vehicles. A trail follows the north shore of a cove before heading into a small wooded area and up a small hill. There are a small network of trails in this wooded area known as Rye Island. At the eastern edge of the woods the trail comes out near the beach area. A path follows the shore between the woods and the sea grass to a point on Long Neck Goose. At the point retrace your steps. The beach areas also offering an abundance of hermit crabs to view.

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View From The Point At Long Neck Goose.

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Island Park Beach – Portsmouth

 

In the Island Park neighborhood of Portsmouth there is a small stretch of strand that overlooks the upper reaches of the Sakonnet River. The beach itself is only about four tenths of a mile long which makes for a nice short walk. The beach is also rather quiet most days visited by locals and neighbors. Looking south you can see Tiverton to the left and Portsmouth to the right. Looking straight out into the distance is Fogland. There are also some restaurants nearby that make this spot a nice and quick get away from the city.

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Sakonnet River From Island Park Beach

 

Portsmouth Loop Trail – Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth Loop Trail – Sakonnet Greenway
  • Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°33’17.74″N, 71°15’3.36″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 22, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.9 miles
  • Easy.

 

The Portsmouth Loop Trail is part of the Sakonnet Greenway trail network. The loop itself follows the perimeter of a large field and a brushy area just off of Sandy Point Avenue. There is no parking allowed on this road however so you must park at the northern most end of the Greenway on Linden Lane and then follow the Greenway to the loop. There are a couple of posts that indicate where the trail is but is helpful to bring a copy of the map. Along the loop trail were several types of birds and several rabbits. The field is wide open and the area can tend to be a bit windy, which is nice on a hot summer day.

 

Trail map can be found at: Portsmouth Loop Trail.

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Field Along The Portsmouth Loop Trail.

The Glen/Sakonnet Greenway – Portsmouth/Middletown

  • The Glen/Sakonnet Greenway
  • Frank Cohelo Drive, Portsmouth, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°33’33.33″N, 71°14’25.54″W
  • Last Time Hiked: June 19, 2016
  • Approximate distance hiked: 6.0 miles
  • Moderate due to distance, trails are fairly easy.

I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club – Narragansett Chapter for their hike of The Glen and Sakonnet Greenway. They opted to do this hike as a one way trek, therefore the route that I will describe requires car spotting. We started from the parking lot at The Glen along Frank Cohelo Drive. We first made our way down a short walkway that leads to the road. We then turned right following the road past the Glen Manor House. We then passed the house to the south passing through the well maintained gardens. From here are wonderful views of the Sakonnet River. As we approached the edge of the lawn a trail appears to the right that leads into the woods. Following this trail we soon came to the beach below. To the south you can see Sandy Point. We followed the beach south for a short distance and turned right onto a trail as wide as a cart-path back into the woods. The trail soon crosses over a stream and then follows it to an old abandon building. The stone work near and around the building is quite impressive. Take note of the archway of the sluice by the building. We then continued following the trail to the end of The Glen property. We turned left onto a narrow paved road and followed it about 500 feet to a dirt road on the right. This is Linden Lane. We followed the road for about four tenths of a mile as we passed the Newport Polo Grounds to the left. Ahead in the distance we could see the historic Leonard Brown House. After the Polo Grounds, but before the house, on the left is the northerly trailhead of the Sakonnet Greenway. From here we started our southerly trek first passing the Polo Grounds to the left before entering the Pennfield School property. The trail traverses through areas of thick shrubs and tall trees before coming to the white gate at Sandy Point Avenue. After crossing the street we approached the Portsmouth Loop Trail. The trail follows the perimeter of a large open field. Be warned though that the field is surrounded by an electric fence. We opted to turn left here and follow the east edge of the loop while heading south. After leaving the loop trail we passed through a short section of woods before emerging out to another small field. The trail soon led into a wooded area. The trail crossed a couple small streams by bridges and boardwalks. After coming out of the woods again the trail followed the edge of another large field. Soon we came to a set of turnstiles, continuing straight the trail winded through a narrow stretch of woods that divided two fields. The trail then turned to the right following the southern edge of the field that was to the right. Ahead is a kiosk with the trail map near the road crossing. After crossing Bramans Lane the trail turns to the west between another field of tall grass and a stone wall. The trail then turns left keeping the field to the left. Wildflowers are abundant along this stretch. Soon we were on the property of the Newport National Golf Course. The Sakonnet Greenway at this point is well marked by signs as it skims the perimeter of the golf course. For the next two miles the trail is on the golf course property. On several occasions we caught glimpses of the greens and the golfers using them. At time the trail uses the road for the golf carts. There are also places to stop along the way to use the restroom. Also along this stretch, just after then bend after the gazebo the Greenway leaves Portsmouth and enters into Middletown. At the end of the golf course property the trail comes out to Mitchells Lane. We turned left here and followed the road about one tenth of a mile. Across the street is the trail that leads to the Middletown Loops. We followed this trail to the next intersection and turned left. We then followed this trail, part of the Middletown Southern Loop which is occasionally marked with yellow blazes, to the Wyatt Road Soccer Complex where we concluded the hike. This hike highlights the true beauty of Aquidneck Island. From its areas of forest to its sprawling farms.

Also thank you to Deb and Cyndy from the AMC for leading this hike.

Trail maps can be found at: Sakonnet Greenway

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View of The Sakonnet River From The Glen

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The Sakonnet Greenway Along A Field.

Sandy Point – Portsmouth

Sandy Point is a small public beach on the Sakonnet River. It is free to residents, but there is a fee for non-residents. Being off-season and nearly 65 degrees, I thought I would stop and check it out. The beach has two very distinctive sections. The northerly facing part of the beach is sandy and used for swimming. The eastern facing beach is very rocky. Though a short walk, there are sweeping views of the Sakonnet River. To the south you can see the Sakonnet Point lighthouse and to the north Fall River. Across the river is Fogland Beach on the Tiverton/Little Compton line.

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The Boardwalk To The Beach

Melville Park – Portsmouth

  • Melville Park
  • Bradford Avenue, Portsmouth, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°35’2.48″N, 71°16’17.67″W
  • Last Time Hiked: September 10, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.4 miles
  • Fairly easy with slight elevation.

 

Went to Aquidnick Island for a mid-week after work hike at Melville Park. The park is former Navy property now open to the public and it features several ponds, streams, dams, as well as waterfalls. I started this hike from a small parking lot by Upper Melville Pond. Directly across the street is the trail head for the green trail. This trail, very narrow at first, passes a residential property to the right before turning left and into the wooded area. The trail is challenging for footing at first traversing over roots, stones, and logs before coming to raised boardwalks. The green trail passes several small ponds with dams and follows a babbling brook before coming to an open grass cart path. I then turned left on the cart path (blazed orange) and followed it until I came to the bulletin board. Here I turned right onto the yellow trail, then left by Crockett Pond. Here over the pond is an old standpipe from yesteryear. Further along the yellow trail is a small picnic area that overlooks a gorge and waterfall. From here I followed the yellow trail a few more feet then turned onto the blue trail following the shore of the Lower Melville Pond. After passing the dam at the lower end of the pond the blue trail turns left at the Croll Crossing. The crossing is an interesting series of stepping stones across the spillway of the dam. From here I picked up the red trail along Mott Farm Road and followed it to an area that has been cleared. Here there is a bat house perched high above the ground. I turned left here following the red trail a little further after checking out the view of the bay by the railroad tracks. The red trail turns back into the woods following the shore of the pond and eventually to the blue trail once again. I continued following the blue trail along the south side of the pond, past the gorge again, then back to the cart path and finally to the bulletin board. Be sure to follow the trail blazes along this stretch. From this point I retraced my steps along the orange and green trails back to the car. I saw several rabbits, ducks, and a pair of swans on this hike as well as several birds.

Trail map can be found at: Melville Park.

Lower Melville Pond

Lower Melville Pond

Oakland Forest – Portsmouth

 
 

A cold, gray, and snowy day for a short hike. This was a nice little hidden gem of a hike in Portsmouth owned by the Aquidnick Island Land Trust. Its a rather short hike but for the arbor folk this property offers some rarity. The forest part of this property has a large concentration of American Beech trees. The hike begins from a small parking area on Carriage Drive crossing a footbridge into a meadow. The path follows the edge of the meadow to another footbridge. In the meadow there are a few birdhouses. At the second footbridge a frozen stream with a dusting of snow revealed that there are deer in the area. After crossing the second footbridge I turned left following the path to the next intersection. At this intersection is the loop trail, I choose to go to the left and follow the loop as it wound through the forest of beech and oak trees. There is also a swath of rhododendrons on the property. After completing the loop I retraced my steps back to the parking area. The paths are very well marked with signs in the meadow and white blazes in the forest. I did see several types of birds here including many robins. Hopefully that is a sign that spring is just around the corner here in Southern New England.

Trail map can be found at: Oakland Forest.

Oakland Forest

Oakland Forest