Narragansett Trail, Final Section

Posted By on September 23, 2017

Narragansett Trail, Final Section

4.87 miles, Hopkinton, RI

This last section hike of the Providence County Hiking Club of the Narragansett Trail consisted of the entire extant Rhode Island part, and went through the Yawgoog Scout Camp. It’s probably also the hardest hike in RI, including as it does the trails around Long and El Ponds in Hopkinton. Kicked our asses, that’s for sure.

Great Map

Great Map

At the trail head on Stubtown Road at Ashville Pond, we immediately noticed this fantastic Nature Conservancy map which showed some trails that none of us were previously aware of, including one that appeared to circumnavigate [the place where] Blue Pond [used to be], and another that paralleled Stubtown Road labeled “Table Rock Trail.”  Hm. Some more exploration is clearly called for.

Cranberries

Cranberries

We saw lots of wild cranberries. I also may have to come back and do a little foraging!

Tunnel of Laurels

Tunnel of Laurels

The initial part of this hike went through Camp Yawgoog, and all the trails through here are gorgeous. As I always say, lucky Boy Scouts.

View from Long Pond Overlook

View from Long Pond Overlook

I was kind of hoping we could skip the arduous climb up to the Long Pond overlook, but one of our hikers had never seen it, and if you’re gonna do all the work this stretch of trail entails, you have to see the overlook, so off we trooped. It’s really impressive and worth the climb.

The weather, as you can see from the above photo, was overcast and cool, until maybe 15 minutes after this photo was taken. Then, as if by magic, the clouds disappeared, the sun came out, and the temperature climbed up into the mid-80s. Not what you’d expect for the end of September.

And so concluded this year’s “long trail” hike with the Providence County Hiking Club. Next year, we’re hoping to do either the Warner Trail or maybe the proposed route of the East-West trail, which will theoretically run from the Tri-State marker to Diamond Hill in Cumberland RI. Stay tuned!

You can read more about the Narragansett Trail on its Wikipedia page. Here is my complete “Auntie” map of the trail. And as always, click on the image, above, for details about this section and to download the GPS track.

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