Narragansett Trail Section 1

Posted By on April 17, 2017

Narragansett Trail Section 1

1.86 miles; North Stonington, CT

The Providence County Hiking Club has decided to hike the entire Narragansett Trail this year in short sections, and today’s hike is Section 1, which goes from the beginning of the blue-blazed Connecticut Forest & Park Association trail, at the base of Lantern Hill in North Stonington, to the beginning of the currently-closed section which starts opposite the town transfer station on Wintechog Hill Road. The Narragansett Trail is an old hiking trail that currently runs from North Stonington, CT, to Ashville Pond in Rockville, Rhode Island. It is maintained in Connecticut by the CFPA and in Rhode Island by the Narragansett Chapter of the AMC. I’ve provided a link, below, to a page which details some of its history. And here is a link to my “Auntie” map of the entire trail.

View from the Top

View from the Top

This really is a spectacular hike. And I’m lucky to live so close by. My fellow PCHC members were suitably impressed.

Trailing Arbutus

Trailing Arbutus

And the trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) was in bloom. Such a lovely scent!

Closed Trail

Closed Trail

Unfortunately the section that was closed last year is still closed, despite the sign which promises a re-opening in the Fall of 2016. So we’ll have to save this part of the trail for another time.

Track (click for details)

Track (click for details)

See the website of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association for details on this and all the other many, many blue-blazed hiking trails through Connecticut. For the history of both the Narragansett Trail and Lantern Hill, see this David Brierley page. And click on the image, above, for details and to download the gps track.

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