After a short, but strenuous uphill walk up from the street parking area to the Revolutionary War fortifications of Fort Barton, one may climb the observation tower for a panoramic view of Narragansett Bay. The historic area includes the redoubt, a network of earthen fortifications remaining from the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778. The trailhead for Fort Barton Woods is to the rear of the redoubt area, beginning with steep descending steps, then an upward climb onto the trail leading into Fort Barton Woods.
Fort Barton Woods is an 83-acre natural area with 3.5 miles of trails that take visitors alongside the pristine Sin and Flesh Brook, where they can view many wildflowers, ferns, and animal habitats. The trail is rugged in places, with several rustic bridges crossing the meandering brook.
Photo: Garry Plunkett
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