Three stars only because the trail network is somewhat limited. That being said, the trails that are there, are great. Some technical sections as well as some pretty well groomed trails. A few short, but challenging scramble-like climbs. If you're looking for a short-ish trail run, head over here. The six dollar price tag is worth it.
Ended up here by default since another trail in the area was closed. I didn't mind the $6.00 per head after hiking this area, I'd rather spend my money here than on something else. Anyways, nice terrain, well marked and a good trail map available,plus rest rooms which can be appreciated. Overall a nice place especially if you live on Aquidneck island.
I had chosen this trail without expecting much. I had gotten the idea that it might be like Sachuett and/or Ninigret, that is, a little too manicured. Still, after a long period off the trails, due to bad weather and illness, I supposed a gentler trail would do for this Sunday.
I was pleasantly surprised. The diversity on this relatively small area is beyond belief -- forest, pond, field, and ocean view. I also found a lot of ridge climbing, including a rocky chute reminiscent of Long/Ell Pond. This refuge is also distinctive for the puddingstone type of rock formations.
It is also still clear that this area was hard-hit during the storms. On a number of occasions, the trail was blocked by fallen trees.
I did take off a star for the fact that through a significant part, you do have a view of the road.
NB: There is a $6 admission fee for adults, and $3 for children under 12. Still, it was well worth it.
The trail description is way off - there are actually over 7 miles of trail looped very nicely in this preserve. Trails are well-marked, very dynamic (lots of ups and downs, some scramble), and extremely beautiful. I was on a 2-week trip to Newport recently and made the trip to trail run the preserve 3 times during just because it was so much fun. Don't let the trail description dissuade you, this is a moderate level trail and you can easily go along all the trails for a solid 7-8 mile hike/run.