Release courtesy of RIDEM.
The Department of Environmental Management, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and De La Salle Christian Brothers will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Black Point trail expansion project in Narragansett at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The project was funded by a $37,000 grant from the RIDOT and the USDOT/Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program to De La Salle Christian Brothers, along with private donations.
De La Salle Christian Brothers applied for a recreational trails grant in 2010 to construct the new, 1,430-foot loop trail at the fishing access area located on Ocean Road.
The new trail provides additional public access to the shoreline and clean view corridors to the ocean. The new trail starts at the existing parking lot, continues north along the shoreline, and then forms a loop back to the starting point. View corridors have been strategically placed to provide breathtaking views of the ocean.
The path is accessible to people with disabilities and heavily used by walkers, hikers, runners, bird watchers, fishers, nature enthusiasts and photographers.
Located about a mile north of on Ocean Road, the Black Point fishing access is a free fishing area used by local anglers for striped bass. An existing short trail leads to a rocky portion of the coast. Although there is no beach, the area offers majestic views of the ocean. Parking is limited to a small lot with about 25 spaces.