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Sakonnet Greenway Trail, Portsmouth

Aquidneck Land Trust

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The Aquidneck Land Trust has been working with landowners over many years to create trail easements through the Sakonnet Greenway, in Portsmouth and Middletown. The final section of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail was completed in October, 2012, making it the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island. The Sakonnet Greenway Trail passes through recreational areas, active farmland, wetlands, and forest.

Starting from the Glen in Portsmouth, the trail heads south between the stone wall, and polo fields, and along the wetland edge near Pennfield School (0.3 miles). The trail then crosses over Sandy Point Ave., and does a loop around the corn and cattle fields ( Portsmouth Loop Trail, 1.6 miles). It continues south through a red maple, black gum swamp. This scenic section of the trail has two bridges and a raised boardwalk that cross over the wetland. The trail exits the forest and continues along a hedgerow. The trail then turns to the right and parallels Bramanís Lane for a short distance before the kiosk (2.5). The trail then crosses Bramanís Lane at the crosswalk near the kiosk and extends west along the field along Bramanís Lane (2.8). Turn and follow the stone wall to the section of trail that runs along the perimeter of Newport National Golf Course (4.8).

You can continue on the new section of the trail by crossing over Mitchellís Lane and walking approximately 0.1 miles along Mitchellís Lane. Turn right at the kiosk (parking also available here) and follow the trail along the farm road for approximately 0.1 miles. At this point, you arrive at the Middletown Southern Loop trail. If you follow the loop to the left, you cross through a cornfield, along a hedgerow, and through a meadow and walk the perimeter of the Wyatt Road Soccer Complex (0.8 miles). Parking is also available at the Soccer Complex. Continue along a hedgerow on Wyatt road on a trail lined with woodchips, then turn right along the farm road. Note that this is the boundary with Newport Rifle Club and you may hear load noises. Follow the raised gravel path through the wetland. You will see a small pond to your left. Continue to follow the trail along the gravel path and turn left to cross over the Maidford River on a raised timber walkway. Continue through meadow, past a barn owl box on a post, and turn right along the farm road through Newport Vineyards. Parking is also available at Newport Vineyards (1.7). Follow the trail past the picnic area and pond at Newport Vineyards and turn to the left, paralleling Meadow Lane. The trail opens up into farm land at this point and you can follow the Middletown Northern Loop or continue on the Middletown southern loop on a farm road through a wooded wetland. Turn right on a windy gravel pathway through a maple grove, turn left to continue along the trail and turn right through a wood-chip lined path through a juniper grove to finish the Middletown Southern Loop (2.7) .

The Northern Loop Trail can be accessed from the Southern Loop Trail or from parking at Albro woods. From the Albro Woods Parking, follow the Albro Woods trail closest to the parking area approximately 0.1 miles. Turn right and follow the Albro Woods Trail approximately 0.1 miles to the Sakonnet Greenway Trail Kiosk. At this point you have arrived at the Middletown Northern LoopTrail. You can follow the Middletown Northern Loop Trail to the left and follow the trail along the edge of Albro Woods and farm fields (0.3). Turn right along Mitchellís Lane and follow the raised gravel walkway (0.4). Turn right to follow the edge of the farm field. Take two lefts and a right to follow along the field/woods hedgerow (0.8). At this point you intersect with the Middletown Southern Loop and a 0.2 mile section of trail to the left that takes you back to the Albro Woods kiosk. You can also continue to the left along a farm road to complete the Middletown Northern Loop. Turn to the left and continue along the field and the edge of the driveway (1.1). Turn right along East Main Road and right again along the perimeter of Boulevard Nurseries (1.3). Take two more lefts along the farm road around the perimeter of Boulevard nurseries. Then turn right along East Main Road and right along the hedgerow to arrive back at the Albro Woods kiosk (1.7).

Note: The northern section of the trail is NOT a loop, so please plan accordingly. The southern section of the trail has many loops to choose from and can be confusing. The trail is marked with yellow and black arrows, we suggest you also print and bring a trail map for your convenience (trail maps are also posted on all of the kiosks and available in the kiost at The Glen). You may encounter ticks, poison ivy, and wet areas. Trail closed for mud season (mid-March to Mid-April). You may hear loud noises near the Newport Rifle Club on the Southern Loop Trail. Please stay away from operating farm equipment. Enjoy!

Aquidneck Land Trust website

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What's There:

Hours: Dawn to dusk all year except trail is closed for mud season, usually mid-March to mid-April.

Miles of Trails: 10 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Trail width varies from a 1 person footpath to a 10í wide trail.

Trail Rating: Moderate   Explanation

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Trail Rating Key

Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.

Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.

Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: Yes

Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Dogs must be on leashes and owners must pick up waste.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Horses are permitted on the trail except for the wooded section from the Portsmouth Loop Trail to Bramanís Lane. The section of the trail from The Glen to Pennfield School may be closed to horses when the ground is wet or school is in session (see map).

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No

Is Hunting Permitted? No

Other Amenities: There are several benches along the trail. Picnic tables are available at Newport Vineyards. Farmerís Markets occur here on Saturday mornings spring-fall.

Public Transportation:

For driving directions see the trailheads information below.

Public Transit: The 60 bus stops at various points along East Main Road, within walking distance of a number of the trailheads. See the trail map for information on how to get from East Main Road to the trailheads.

Trailheads:

Trailhead Name: The Glen/Linden Lane Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 33.292' N    71° 15.062' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Turn on to Linden Lane at "The Glen" in Portsmouth. It is located approximately 0.2 miles north of the light at Sandy Point Road, and directly across from Oakland Farm Road. Drive approximately 0.3 miles on Linden Lane, past the Leonard Brown House. There will be a large parking lot on your left, and the Sakonnet Greenway Trail Kiosk will be directly on across Linden Lane.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 100 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Albro Woods Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 32.177' N    71° 15.814' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The Albro Woods parking lot is located on Mitchells Lane approximately 0.2 miles from East Main Road. There are Albro Woods and Aquidneck Land Trust Signs at the entrance. Follow the Albro Woods trail closest to the parking area for approximately 0.1 miles. Turn right and follow the Albro Woods Trail approximately 0.1 miles to the Sakonnet Greenway Trail Kiosk.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 8 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Newport Vineyards Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 31.733' N    71° 16.298' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Park in large parking Area at the Newport Vineyards Complex, 909 East Main Road. Follow the trail south along the vineyard farm road or east toward the pond.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 100 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Mitchells Lane Trailhead - North

Coordinates: 41° 31.769' N    71° 15.532' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Located just south of Newport National Golf Club (324 Mitchells Lane). Park along the east side of Mitchells Lane. Enter the trail at the kiosk.

Parking: Yes: On street, 6 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Mitchells Lane Trailhead - South

Coordinates: 41° 31.699' N    71° 15.535' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: This trailhead is about 0.1 miles south of the Mitchells Lane Trailhead - North. Park along side of field near kiosk (do not block farm road) and enter trail.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 6 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No


Trailhead Name: Wyatt Road Soccer Complex

Coordinates: 41° 31.316' N    71° 16.008' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of ExploreRI.org.
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: Enter the Wyatt Road Soccer Complex at upper driveway, approximately 0.1 miles from the intersection of Mitchells Lane and Wyatt Road. Drive down through the complex and park near the kiosk. Enter the trail northeast along the perimeter of the soccer field or west along the woodchip path.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 20 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No

 

Photographs:

Glen/Linden Lane Trailhead

Glen/Linden Lane Trailhead

 
Walkers on the Greenway in the Northern, Wooded Section

Walkers on the Greenway in the Northern, Wooded Section

 
Albro Woods Trailhead

Albro Woods Trailhead

Date of Photograph: November 20, 2012

 
Newport Vineyards Trailhead

Newport Vineyards Trailhead

Date of Photograph: November 20, 2012

 
Mitchells Lane - North Trailhead

Mitchells Lane - North Trailhead

 
The Sakonnet Greenway Trail near the Mitchells Lane - North Trailhead

The Sakonnet Greenway Trail near the Mitchells Lane - North Trailhead

 
Mitchells Lane - South Trailhead

Mitchells Lane - South Trailhead

Date of Photograph: November 20, 2012

 
Wyatt Road Soccer Complex Trailhead

Wyatt Road Soccer Complex Trailhead

Date of Photograph: November 20, 2012

 

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