Fort Barton Woods

Posted By on December 28, 2013

Fort Barton Woods

2.42 miles  2 mph

the fort part of fort barton is an old revolutionary war redoubt. the woods part is typical southeastern new england woods with a mix of beech, holly, and oak containing several trails. and there’s an observation tower, too, which gives a commanding view of the sakonnet river between portsmouth and tiverton. the trails have some steep ups and downs, but nothing too strenuous. just enough to let you know you’ve been doing a bit of work. this was a meet-up group i hiked with, along with my sister-in-law, who lives in town.

mature holly

mature holly

this is one of the many mature holly trees on the property. most of the berries have been claimed by the birds already, but there were a few here and there that were missed.

observation tower

observation tower

here’s the observation tower with some members of the meet-up group doing some observation.

panorama (click to embiggify)

panorama (click to embiggify)

and here is an iPhone panorama from the top of the observation tower, looking towards little gould island and portsmouth, beyond.

i have added this hike to the hikefinder.

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  1. […] a quick trip to fort barton, a revolutionary war historical site and fantastic hiking trail. the last time i was here it was december, so it was nice to see it in the summertime, too. found some nice chanterelles […]

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