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.