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Garrison House Acres

South Kingstown, Narrow River Land Trust

1.0 miles of trail


Very Easy

Trails that are smooth and relatively level with no steps, no roots, stones or uneven ground. These may be paved, crushed stone, continuous boardwalk and similar surfaces. These trails have a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.


Relatively flat and smooth trails with a route that is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy loop or network of trails.


May have a few hills or steep sections and multiple surface types including rocks and roots. Trails are generally well-marked but following them requires a trail map.


Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trails that are narrow and may have obstacles such as stream crossings or rocky areas, some trails are less well marked.

Click on the "Trail Map (PDF)" button to download a PDF of the trail map that you can print and take with you on the trail.

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In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

What’s There:

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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.

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Getting There:

Middlebridge Road Trailhead

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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

Coordinates: 41° 27.488' N    71° 27.115' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


Beautiful hidden secret!

Submitted by: Laura; June 15, 2021; 10:03 pm

What an amazing little gem! The trail had just been mowed and I was able to get through very easily. The reward of seeing the gorgeous meadow at the end was thrilling. Loved the osprey and view of the river and hidden pond too. Only found one tick after I came through but it’s probably loaded in there. Worth it. 💯




Photo Credit: Laura

Photo Credit: Laura

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