Break a Sweat with the Sakonnet Greenway Trail in Portsmouth

A difficult Rhode Island hike that's full of gorgeous sights

The Bay Magazine ·

Sakonnet Greenway Trail Portsmouth
Difficulty: Difficult  
Distance: 10 miles

The Sakonnet Greenway trail is the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island. The paths were created in partnership with private landowners who have agreed to limit developing their properties to preserve the natural quality of it. Unlike many of the other trails in the East Bay, horses are allowed on many of the paths.

As you hike along the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, you’ll pass through active farmlands, vineyards, wetlands, forests and recreational areas like the Newport Polo fields. You’ll even cross streets to continue along the path, designated with a blue crosswalk. At every major crossing you’ll find a kiosk indicating where you are along the Greenway, as well as a map of the entire system.

There are many loops to explore as well as long treks. The Middletown Southern Loop (yellow trail) at the southern end of the Greenway has easy access at the Wyatt Road Soccer Complex and is a fun hike on its own. The trail even passes by Newport Vineyards, a perfect place to stop for lunch. For a more challenging excursion, continue onto the Middletown Northern Loop (green trail) to tack on a few more miles.

At the northern end of the Greenway, start at The Glen near the Newport Polo fields, cross Sandy Point Road and complete the Portsmouth Loop Trail. Heading south and passing through the Newport National Golf Course will connect you to the southern loops.


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