Melville Park Trails is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portsmouth, RI that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Melville Pond Nature Preserve has five marked trails (some better marked than others), numerous side trails and walking access to Narragansett Bay, all totaling over 4.5 miles. Grassy and semipaved access roads are also present on the preserve, allowing walkers to mix up their trail choices and extend their walks. A path is also present along a bordering fence. There may be wet spots at certain times of year, so appropriate footgear is advised. Thorny bushes and Poison Ivy may be found on parts of all trails and, in July and August, mosquitoes and ticks may be present. Poison Ivy is prevelent this year and is quite dense at the extreme western extent of the blue trail, near the Lower Pond. Although the trails can be traveled in either direction, the following descriptions assume a clockwise travel. The Orange, Green, Yellow and Blue Trails start at the bulletin board at the junction of Smith Road and Bayview Terrace. Free parking is available in the parking lot just off of Smith Road, near the bulletin board. Enjoy !!
This place is a hidden gem in Portsmouth. It can get a bit confusing on how to get back to the parking lot. I suggest wearing pants if plants touching your skin bother you since the trails do have a lot of brush. Some part of the blue trail was barren, not sure why, but it was sad to see. But overall it was beautiful and I'll definitely be returning.
beautiful area, nice trails, better on weekdays in the morning less people.
Great quick hike/walk for me and the dog.
Beautiful little trail. A lot of shade if you stay on the trail that goes by the water. (The trail branches off into several small trails.) + Beautiful view of Narragansett Bay if you follow the right trail down to the water. + wild blackberries. Delicious.
There is a few trails to choose from at Melville all of which have beautiful scenery. My personal favorite was the tee pee! It was eerie to come across at first but after investigation it was pretty neat to see that out on the trail!
The trails are not long but you can combine them to get four to five miles. However, hiking here is beautiful. The trail head is incorrectly marked on the map. Off of West Main/RI 114 turn east onto Bradford Ave. The turn is right by Melville Elementary. Follow that until you pass the campground and you will see a sign for the park and turn right. There is a parking lot at the end of the road with space for about 15 cars. There are also a few picnic tables located along the trail for those who desire a picnic. If a more woodsy trail is preferred on Aquidneck island this is your best bet.
For further information here is the website. http://www.melvilleponds.org
I used The Blue and Red Trails, The trail was very quiet. there was no other traffic that I saw.
The trail while short is Hiking not just walking. There were some good looking scenes that may have been better on another day. Smith Road is not marked. use the second left off Bradford