- Whale Rock Preserve
- Harvey Lane, Narragansett, RI
- Trailhead: 41°26’57.61″N, 71°26’32.17″W
- Last Time Hiked: March 15, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.3 miles
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.