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Melville Park

Portsmouth, Town of Portsmouth

5.0 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:

There are five trails, color-tagged as Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow and Red. They cover approximately 50% of Melville Park. The Blue trail, the first to be created by Boy Scouts, goes around Lower Melville Pond (the larger pond) and is also closest to the Narragansett Bay. The Red trail is a spur off the Blue trail that goes down to the Bay. The Green trail follows the string of ponds to the east of the Melville Campground. The Orange trail proceeds through the pine forest. The Yellow trail loops around Pond 8 and also involves two woodland roads. The Park was obtained from the federal government and is open to all.

Dogs: Dogs are allowed on a leash, per town ordinance. Please clean up after your dog.

Horses: Horses can use Bayview and Mott Farm roads from the lower parking lot to the Bay but the trails are too uneven and overgrown for mounted riders.

Bicycles: Bikes can use the Bayview and Mott Farm roads but are discouraged on the trails, as they typically add to erosion.

Other Amenities: There are picnic tables along the Blue trail. The trails surround Melville Ponds Campground, which is independently owned. There is also a dog park just south of the parking lot on Smith Rd.

Getting There:


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
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of

Driving Landmarks: Bradford Avenue runs east from West Main Road. So, if you're headed south on West Main turn right onto Bardford Avenue or if your headed north on West Main Road turn left onto Bradford Avenue. After 0.3 miles on Bradford Avenue you will pass the Melville Ponds Campground (181 Bradford Avenue). Continue for another 500 feet and turn right onto Smith Road (not labelled on Google Maps). You'll pass the dog park on your left and shortly after that is a parking lot on the right for the trails, just before the gate. If the lot is full you can also park along Smith Road.

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

Coordinates: 41° 35.303' N    71° 16.487' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


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This site report was last updated on September 12, 2018

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