John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove

John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove near North Kingstown, RI


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
2 miles
2hours
easy
Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
North Kingstown, RI
User EMS Cranston

Nature preserves have always been made with one goal in mind, to preserve nature. This is no exception to that rule. The Pettaquamscutt Cove preserve is a great place to go hiking for a couple of hours or more depending on what you want to do. It contains just over 300 acres of land and has a multitude of trails that will bring you to everything from great viewing spots for harbor seals, hidden boulders for climbing, a small mountain bike/bmx dirt set up, and the random burnt out car.

Hiking: Simple and easy hiking. These trails are all mainly flat and if you follow the main trail it will bring you out to a rocky beach that overlooks Narragansett Bay and has a great view of Jamestown and the Jamestown Bridge. During the fall if you follow the beach out to the point on the right hand side there is a group of rocks about 200 yards off shore. This is where a large group of Harbor Seals comes in to hang out. There are plenty of smaller trails in the area as well to explore and some small almost private beaches in protected salt water you can gain access to.

Climbing: As far as we know there are no established routes in this area, in fact to our knowledge there has only been one bouldering adventure ever done in this area. There are several boulders which, although they need to be cleaned, look like they will offer a couple of nice routes on the lower scale of things V0- to V1 is our estimate. The biggest advantage of these rocks would be the lack of crowds, and the lack of bugs (relatively speaking to Lincoln Woods). To get to the first and best boulder take the second small trail on the Right hand side of the main trail as you walk down to the water.

Biking: Again the trails are almost completely flat so there is not much in the way of hard core biking but this is a great place to just get a little off road trail riding. However, there is one area that was at one point built up with several jumps. To get here take the second path on the right side of the main trail and follow past the big boulder to the first fork, make a right at the fork and follow the trail straight. Eventually you will come to an area that is cleared out and you can see the jumps from the trail. This is not anything amazing, but it is some fun stuff, and again the lack of people makes it a great spot to go and hang out for a while without seeing anyone.

Directions:

From north and south main land, take rt 1 to 138 towards Jamestown/Newport. Take the 1a exit and go north. At the bottom of the big hill there is a parking area on the right hand side for the preserve.

From Jamestown/Newport area, head across the bridges and then take the 1a exit and go north. At the bottom of the big hill there is a parking area on the right hand side for the preserve.




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