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Melville Park Blue Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portsmouth, Rhode Island that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.8 mi Elevation gain 49 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Fishing Hiking Mountain biking Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Lake River Wild flowers Bugs Muddy
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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 !!

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Alfonso Guzman
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Hiking

Great trail with clear markings and a nice lake.

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Odell Barley
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WalkingGreat!

Great first trail for the kids and the family!

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Megan Raposa
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HikingGreat!

Lots of land, some haven’t even visited yet. Beautiful, peaceful!!

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Skye Nygaard
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jen dillon
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RunningOver grown

overgrown not very scenic

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Samantha Estrella
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HikingOver grown
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Crystal Calhoun
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matt pinkos
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Hiking

I really like the blue loop. There are streams foot bridges people fission crossing across The River fun trail

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Tatiana Ocasio
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HikingOver grown

An okay trail

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Kristy Nimblett
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Melanie Jane
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Walking

Not my favorite trail. Actually it’s my least favorite. Very overgrown on many paths. Was nice to get my pup outside but I honestly found this place creepy.

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Alicia Boddie
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Hiking

Disappointing this morning. I tried to take my kids here and the trails are very overgrown. We had to turn around part way through the blue loop.

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Jim Miller
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Great trail for walking your dog!

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Leah Caron
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Hiking

Beautiful pond area. Easy walk. Fun for kids and dogs. My concerns are the population of deer which leads to ticks. Be sure to use bug spray and check for ticks at home.

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Lynn Souza
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Hiking

great spot for a quick hike with the kids. we saw deer and a snake which added to the experience

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Kimberly Wayland
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Hiking

Some areas overgrown a little probably very muddy in some areas if there is any rain but my dog did really enjoy this walk.

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Sarah DonDero
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The orange trail is really overgrown but everything is beautiful!

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Dave Picard
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good flat trail great pond views

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Sarah Michelle
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Running

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.

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Amanda Souza
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beautiful area, nice trails, better on weekdays in the morning less people.

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Robert McCormack
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Hiking

Great quick hike/walk for me and the dog.

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Alex Campbell
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Great!!

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Arabella Norwood
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Walking

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.

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Hope Rymszewicz
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Walking

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!

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Renee Highley
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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

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Bill Brydon
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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

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Chelsea Smith Jones
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Natalie Molenaar
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Greg Raposa
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Holly O
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