corner of Hazard & Wickham Roads, Newport
Newport’s only nature preserve seems much larger than its 13 acres, partly because of its location next to a wildlife refuge. Granite was quarried on this land from the early 1800s to the 1930s. There are gorgeous views, a vernal pond, diverse wildlife and plant species, and a huge meadow just right for resting or a picnic as well as the site of many wonderful events for the whole family.
Our favorite thing about Ballard Park are the easy to navigate trails. It’s just the right place to let your kids wander about – with at least your eyes on the map!
Length: varies – let your kids lead the way!
Difficulty: easy for children
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
Accessible by Public Transportation: within 1.0 mile
You might want to bring: a picnic lunch; bug spray
Note: rock climbing is not allowed
Get directions or follow ours: From Route 1, take Route 138 East across the Newport Pell Bridge. Take your first exit for Scenic Newport. Make a right at the end of the ramp and continue until America’s Cup Ave. Make a right and travel 0.8 miles. Bear right at Thames Street and follow all the way. It will turn into Carroll Avenue. At the fork in the road, bear right onto Old Fort Road. Pass the back of Rogers High School on your right and at the stop sign take a right onto Wickham Road. Proceed up the hill; Ballard Park is on the left. Parking is available across the street in the Rogers High School parking lot.