Fort Barton Nature Trail

Location: Rhode Island
Trip Starts: Tiverton Town Hall
Trip Ends: Tiverton Town Hall
Total Distance: 2.75 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Fort Barton Nature Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
More Information:

Tiverton Town Hall
343 Highland Rd
Tiverton, RI 02878


Fort Barton is a historic American Revolution fort in Tiverton, Rhode Island that was used as a launching position for American forces during the Battle of Rhode Island. The site was named after Lt. Col. William Barton who successfully captured the British General Prescott during a midnight raid on the British headquarters at Prescott Farm on Rhode Island (Aquidneck Island).

This hike starts at the Tiverton town hall where you can park then cross the street and walk uphill to the tower. From there there is a 1.75 mile loop that heads East through a forested area, passes near a shooting range (which you may hear in the distance), then follows the loop West again to the trailhead.

There are actually blazes for both a the red trail (which is the 1.75 mile loop) and some blue trails which allow you to hike a shorter route. The are also a series of small bridges on the route, but it can get muddy in this area. So prepare accordingly. The views from the tower to the Sakonnet River (and bridge) are outstanding.

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