Visiting Westerly from CA, my wife and I ran this trail on 5/26/16. We entered at the trailhead just above the boat launch and ran the loop in a clockwise direction. Enjoyed the scenery. Trail is good, with enough gentle elevation change, twists and turns, and varied surfaces to keep it interesting. Rocky in spots but still runnable, wet in spots. We are not fast runners and completed the loop in about 40 minutes, so it's not 5+ miles. It's more like 3+ miles.
Nice little hike. Wouldnt really rate it as moderate, great place to even go on a hike with young children. Did this one back in early April of 2015. Set my hammock up down by the boat launch between two of the piers and had a nice relaxing lunch.
Great place to bird watch as i ran into many people who were solely there to enjoy the sights of the featehred companions.
Really funny driving in as one of the houses is customized to look like a castle with a full suit of armor in view from one of the windows and gargoyles all around it.
Kristian T. on Barn Island Wildlife Management Are...
Just really beautiful.... Great Blue Herron..Horned Owl nesting in an Osprey nest... Really pleasant trail.. Eventually leads to a historic graveyard (if you look hard enough)
One of my favorite places to go hiking, birding, or sightseeing. The marshes are extraordinary to look at and the trail is relatively flat. I enjoy using my GoPro camera in the water along the trail and for shots of the landscape. I recommend this trail for anyone; from beginners to experts.
Fun trails. Very scenic. I read others saying it wasn't well marked but I thought it looked pretty obvious which way to go as it was clearly blazed about 6 feet wide. I ride my horse while my husband bikes and this trail was great for that. Small hills and some rockiness, but not extreme by any means. The mixture of marsh and firestland was unique and very beutiful on a sunny summer day.
In all fairness to the trail, I was only able to complete about 50% of the trail. The salt marshes and woodlands were scenic enough but I spent more time trying to figure out the maze of crisscrossing trails.
None of the trails are blazed so you are always guessing . The trail as depicted on the All Trails Map is outdated. The trail no longer loops around from the southeast corner and connects to the Northeast corner. It dead ends instead leaving you to backtrack. I've enclosed a pic of an updated map taken on the trail. The trail as marked as moderate but there is nothing moderate about it. It is easy and easier. It is a great starter trail for hikers young and old. No cardio workout on this one.
Barn Island is a curious mix of manmade and natural beauty. It is, first and foremost, a wetland on the Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay. At one point in its history, there was an attempt to drain it in order to combat mosquitoes, only to discover that those efforts were destroying natural habitats. This sparked another remediation effort.
The end result is a delightful combination of woodland and earthen dikes taking you through the woodland. It's a popular local place, replete with families and dogs.
Don't miss the side trail across the street for a view of the cove!