Norman Bird Sanctuary Trail

Sakonnet, Rhode Island

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Although many folks come to this 300-acre property with binoculars and bird-watching guidebooks, others come—several thousand each year—to visit Hanging Rock. Whether its name derives from the unusual configuration of this hunk of puddingstone or the legend that criminals were once hung there is not known. You can be sure, however, that your children will not soon forget scaling the steep, bumpy cliff wall and traveling along the ridge to Hanging Rock with spectacular views over the ocean, marshes, and Gardiner Pond. By the very nature of the sanctuary’s diverse terrain, the hike divides itself into two parts: the initial route takes you over wide, grassy paths through rather tame territory; the second half of the walk traverses narrow, rugged wooded trails to Hanging Rock, adding spice to what would have been a rather sedate outing by kid standards.

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"Although many folks come to this 300-acre property with binoculars and bird-watching guidebooks, others come—several thousand each year—to visit Hanging Rock. Whether its name derives from the unusual configuration of this hunk of puddingstone or the legend that criminals were once hung there is not known. You can be sure, however, that your children will not soon forget scaling the steep, bumpy cliff wall and traveling along the ridge to Hanging Rock with spectacular views over the ocean, marshes, and Gardiner Pond.

By the very nature of the sanctuary’s diverse terrain, the hike divides itself into two parts: the initial route takes you over wide, grassy paths through rather tame territory; the second half of the walk traverses narrow, rugged wooded trails to Hanging Rock, adding spice to what would have been a rather sedate outing by kid standards."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sakonnet
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 120 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.25 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Local Maps: USGS Prudence Island, Newport
Driving Directions: Directions to Norman Bird Sanctuary Trail

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May 2018