Garrison House Acres, South Kingstown
Narrow River Land Trust
Description & Overview:
From the roadside trailhead the entrance trail passes through a scrub forest and a stone wall, and then continues into acres of a native grass meadow with views of the Narrow River. On the south side of the meadow the trail enters a wooded area with a small impounded pond that probably was a watering hole for cattle. The property is named for the fortified house destroyed during King Phillips War by the Narragansett Indians in December 1675.
This beautiful 26-acre coastal property is nestled along the Narrow River in South Kingstown. The one-mile walk follows a loop trail through deciduous woodlands, freshwater marshes, open fields and along salt marsh fringing the Narrow River. This property is of particular ecological interest because of its variety of habitats and because it abuts other conserved lands including the 554-acre John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove (managed by US Fish & Wildlife) and land conserved by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Together these conservation properties form a contiguous band of wildlife habitat along Pettaquamscutt Cove and the lower Narrow River.
Note: As of late August 2016 the trail was reportedly getting quite overgrown and hard to follow. Long pants are strongly encouraged and be prepared for the trail to be hard to follow.
Hours: sunrise to sunset, year round
Miles of Trails: 1 mile
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Half the trails are typical one person footpaths and half are five-foot wide trails
Trail Rating: Easy Explanation
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.
Are Dogs Allowed? No
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Trailhead Name: Middlebridge Road Trailhead
Driving Landmarks: At the western landing of the Middle Bridge crossing the Narrow River.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 3 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on September 4, 2016