Melville Park Blue Trail

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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.

0.8 miles
32 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





mountain biking

trail running






wild flowers



old growth

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 !!

1 month ago

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.

4 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

9 months ago

The orange trail is really overgrown but everything is beautiful!

Friday, December 16, 2016

good flat trail great pond views

trail running
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

Great quick hike/walk for me and the dog.

Friday, August 28, 2015


Monday, August 03, 2015

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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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!

Friday, August 29, 2014

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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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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