Duval Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wakefield, Rhode Island that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail was established by the South Kingstown Land Trust, which protected numerous parcels of forested land in the area. The terrain is surprisingly varied with numerous hillocks and hollows in the remnants of an eroded terminal moraine from the last ice age. The trail passes through a very old and interesting cemetery and winds through an open oak and pine forest, and through thick stands of mountain laurel. The understory is fairly clear, making it easy to spot birds and other animals. There is one small overlook providing a nice view of Block Island.

9 days ago

lovely trail. great in snow. done it many times. narrow & hilly. good workout. total trail length including out-and-back is more like 7 miles/about 2.5 hrs. Only drawback is no streams crossing. there's pond at end of green trail. blue trail crosses/overlaps a road for 50 yards. also can do cemetery part of trail not on map, but good. best trail in sk imo.

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28 days ago

good trail for me after finding the beginning. No maps at beginning but was clearly marked at each intersection with mileage. This stopped at gravely road no more length markings. Did the loops first then to the overlook had to turnaround due to time and didnt truly know how long it was to the end..all the websites of this trail have different numbers. Small hills each seemed to be followed by a length of flatness changed from sneakers to my hiking shoes about a mile in. Saw a few redheaded woodpeckers which was great so use to seeing the herring or commonly called seagulls living at the beach. I always bring a backpack with supplies in case of injury..who knows when youll be found if injured and cant get to phone...

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1 month ago

Excellent trail with very clear markings! As others have said, the scenic view doesn't offer a lot (other than trees... which I have zero problem with) during the summer and early fall before the leaves have fallen.

hiking
1 month ago

First time I have hiked this trail, and I liked it a lot. I didn't go all the way to the end of the Blue Trail - just a little past the scenic overlook (from which you can't see the ocean or Block Island now in high summer because of foliage!), then doubled back and did all the loops. There are enough hills to make it interesting, and the trails are well marked and maintained. It was sad to see how overgrown and uncared for the cemetery looks, though. I'll come back in late fall or winter when there isn't so much tall grass to wade through so that I can see the gravestones better. Very nice trail overall!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was well marked and maintained. There is enough elevation changes to give a good workout. We hiked a 4 mile loop with a side hike to the overlook. The overlook’s view was mostly blocked by leaves. I believe that it would be a nice view once the leaves fall.
If I lived closer I would hike this trail more often.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was nice and scenic, but it was a bit hilly. Still fun though!

3 months ago

I did the blue trail. Well marked. Some ups and downs, not super strenuous, but more of a workout than most trails I’ve walked in the area. I missed the scenic overlook the first time, the trees in the distance are tall enough to nearly block the view. Would come back in the fall or late fall, it’s probably lovely during peak foliage.

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4 months ago

Nice trail. Short and sweet. Didn’t make it all the way to the end, though. Next time!

*DOG OWNERS* check your dogs thoroughly for ticks after this trail. Found 6 ticks on one of my dogs and 2 ticks on the other. This time of year is bad!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Pretty trail, definitely doesn't seem to be six miles, closer to 3-4. Lots of hilly spots to make you work a little harder. Our whole family loved it (my husband and our very active pug)... only encountered two other people.

Monday, April 10, 2017

some of the signage was not so good, but other than that, there was lots of forest and well maintained trails.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great trail system, well-marked, and with map stands throughout. I loved the portions of the trail that hiked along ridges. Cool cemetery but that's kinda it as far as views and thats my downside.

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

Great trail and really well marked. Maps at each trail loop intersection. The terrain changes quite a bit and quickly with rolling hills, some quite steep. Wouldn't recommend for small children. Nice work out.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nice walk with different scenery throughout. Some parts of the trail are not well marked.

trail running
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Truly gorgeous trail, not what I was expecting at all. I got turned around on the red blazed trail and ended up running it twice before finding my way to the blue blazed trail. Not that it isn't well marked I was following a dog. The North end has some changes due to erosion and some of the hills could use some water bars.

hiking
Sunday, March 03, 2013

This trail represents my first hike after weeks of miserable weather. I needed a moderate trail to get myself going again, and Duval served the purpose nicely. Although relatively short, it is rugged and glacial, giving me a respectable workout. Because water is a big payoff for me, I was especially pleased with the scenic outlook that affords a view of the ocean and Block Island.

Some notes on the route: the Rhode Hikes blog suggests that the trail can be difficult to follow. That apparently has been fixed by additional markings. Also, there are new loops that do not yet appear on the map available online. But, do not worry. The updated maps are posted at every turning point.

hiking
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Really peaceful place, I only walked to the end of the grave yard and back as It was my fist time going here and I wasn't really prepared for the hike, but still beautiful. Great for the history lovers, the grave yard is quite old and much larger than I expected. Many members of old local families are buried there(Browning and Perry to name a few). A decent trail map can be found at
http://www.sklt.org/trailmaps/Duval.pdf
PS: Grass is rather tall in some spots so, watch out for ticks.

hiking
Saturday, July 14, 2012

This is an excellent trail to hike at the end of a long day, traversing a fairly open oak and pine forest. The trail twists and turns over the ridges and through fern-filled hollows of a glacial moraine, and includes a small but nice scenic overlook of the Atlantic and Block Island far offshore. In addition to interesting and unique habitat, the trail passes through a very old Quaker Burial Ground.

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