Long & Ell Ponds Natural Area: Narragansett Trail
By guest bloggers the Rice family
Long & Ell ponds is one of the few spots we here in Rhode Island can get to some rocky terrain. It’s an absolutely beautiful piece of property with a lot of awesome features and a favorite hiking & fishing spot by many. We found no maps at this location so you’ll need to purchase a map or print one from the link above. Otherwise the trail is well blazed and easy enough to follow.
We started our hike from opposite the Long Pond Fishing area and it wasn’t long before we were hopping on some rock, headed down a boardwalk bridge, up some stairs and reached a fork in the trail. We turned left to hike down to check out Long Pond.
After a short hike we reached this large outcrop rock formation which was one of the Rhode Island film locations for the movie Moonrise Kingdom. The trail runs into private property and ends here, but you can scramble up this outcrop for some views with caution.
Since this was a dead end we returned back up the way we came to the trail sign and fork. We’d heard the views around Ell Pond were mostly blocked by trees so we instead continued down into an awesome ravine that is loaded with rocks & boulders towards a bridge that crosses a stream.
I’ve read this stream is nicknamed ‘Pepsi Stream’ and I can see why.
Soon we descended a rocky ledge section that needed care in spots. For those not familiar with steep terrain, this spot can be a little intimidating.
The trail climbed steeply back up the other side and leveled out most of the way until we reached the Long Pond Fishing area parking.
Here we stopped for a lunch break by this cellar hole before returning the way we came back to our car. Out and back was about 2 miles. This is a great hike if your looking for something a bit more challenging.
For directions and additional information about this area, check out the link above.
Old Cellar Hole
We spotted this snake skin someone left behind