Sakonnet Greenway Trail
COVID-19 TRAIL UPDATE (all trails)
When using any of our trails, we ask all users to:
Strictly follow social distancing both in parking areas and the trail. There can be no gathering of more than five people; it may mean stepping aside to let others pass. Stay 6′ apart. The RI Land Trust Council has some good tips on the ExploreRI.org site.
If the parking area is full, please come back at a later time to prevent over-crowding. The two parking areas on Mitchell’s Lane in Middletown, adjacent to the Newport National Golf Club, are closed.
Please follow our trail rules. Most importantly, that means dogs on leashes, no bikes/motorized vehicles, and no trespassing on adjacent private land. In addition, Spring is a muddy time for trails. For a few days after rain, there may be large patches of mud or standing water. Please come prepared! We may close sections due to conditions after heavy rains.
We may need to further close trails or parking areas if we receive further guidance from the Governor’s office or we observe over-crowding to the point where we feel the trails have become unsafe. Until, then, please enjoy the trails that your support has made possible, and know that your friends at ALT wish you the very best. We hope to see you soon.
The Sakonnet Greenway Trail (SGT), which now includes the new Little Creek Preserve loop, is the longest contiguous nature trail on Aquidneck Island at 10 miles long. The SGT is a true snapshot of inland Aquidneck Island. Users of the trail have the opportunity to view wildlife across meadows and woodlands as well as enjoy pastoral views of farms and agricultural landscapes.
The trail passes by notable locations like The Glen in Portsmouth, Aquidneck Farms, Newport National Golf Club, Newport Vineyards, soccer fields on Wyatt Road, Albro Woods, and the newly-conserved Little Creek Preserve! There are various parking locations throughout the 10 miles noted on the trail map. See the Sakonnet Greenway trail map and trail rules here or view the trail in our interactive property map.
The SGT is free and open to the public dawn to dusk. Please note dogs must be leashed and no bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed. And please respect our neighbors and stay on the trail! While the trail is open all four seasons it is typically closed for a month in early spring around April-early May to prevent erosion during Mud Season.
The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) envisioned a nature trail through the Sakonnet Greenway beginning in 1992 and worked for over twenty years to acquire trail rights to build a 10-mile contiguous trail over private land. The trail was built in multiple phases: A 2.4-mile section of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail (SGT) was constructed around Newport National Golf Club in 2002. In 2007 and 2008, 2.7 miles of trails were added north of Bramans Lane in Portsmouth. An additional 4.4 miles of trails were added to the west of Mitchells Lane in 2012. The trails crosses 13 properties, which are owned by seven private and public landowners.
The SGT is often used for hiking, running, dog walking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding (see map for sections that allow horses). In the winter, users often snowshoe and cross-country ski. The trail runs along the Sakonnet Greenway habitat corridor, and passes through several natural community types, making it a wonderful outdoor classroom for students and adults alike. For a walkthrough description of the trail, check out our trail page on ExploreRI.
Enjoy using our trail? Why not help out! ALT has an Adopt-a-Trail program for ongoing trail monitoring and maintenance. Duties include monitoring the trail on a consistent basis, picking up litter, light maintenance, and trail improvement projects as they come about. For more information fill out our Volunteer Form and/or contact Stewardship Director, Alex Chuman at 401-849-2799, ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org