If you look at my track, you will see why I call this trail Green Falls Pond Plus. My Grandson and I turned this 1.7 mile loop into a 9.2 mile hike that took into Rhode Island. The loop around Green Falls Pond is very easy and family friendly. At the south end of the pond is a small waterfall and the runoff from Green Falls Pond. This blue Narragansett Trail is the highlight of the trip around the pond. It takes you about a half mile down to Green Falls Road and then you can backtrack back to the pond and finish circling it. This little stretch is moderate with lots of rocks and ledges to get over and around. It is a beautiful little stretch that is a must see. On the Northeast side of the pond, we headed out on the Blue Narragansett Trail that took us down to Hidden Lake. We took an assortment of different trails that brought us to Yawgoog Pond, a Boy Scout Camp Area. From there we doubled back taking the blue/yellow trail that goes along the border of CT & RI. There were various large rock formations (Dinasaur Caves/Cliffs) that we had to climb over. All the trails we covered today were pretty easy with a touch of (moderate) here and there. National Geographic has a pretty good map of the area trails. It can be found at www.mdc.net/~dbrier/yawgoog/trails. One note of concern was the damage being done by the Gypsy Moth Caterpillars. The trails are littered with pieces of green leaves. If you stop while hiking, you can hear them munching the foliage. Hopefully they won't strip the trees like they did in the late 1970's. It was a fun day capped off with a swim at Green Falls Pond beach area where we started and ended the hike.
I completed part of this trail on 6/21/15 as part of an approximate 10 mile hike that started in RI. I parked at the Yawgoog Scout Camp near the southeast corner of Yawgoog Pond. If you turn right to stay on Camp Yawgoog Park Road when you approach the main entrance of the camp there is a very large dirt parking area. Camp was not in session at the time. I walked through the entrance and straight toward where I figured the dam at the south end of the pond would be. After a little walking through a section of camp I found the yellow-blazed trail. I followed this across the dam, around the south end of the pond, and then followed the same trail up the west side of the pond. I crossed Camp Yawgoog Road and followed the white blazed trail around the east side off Hidden Lake, and then north where it met the blue blazed Freedom Trail heading west. I followed the blue blazed trail to the CT border and continued west to Green Falls Pond. I hiked south down the east side of Green Falls Pond, spent some time at the dam, and then followed the gorge south. What an awesome section of trail! I then headed east on Green Falls Road, took an unmarked side trail north back up toward Green Falls Pond, and then reversed course back to the white-blazed trail north of Hidden Lake, which I followed back into Camp Yawgoog. I then followed the Camp Yawgoog Road through part of the camp to where I was parked. Some tremendous views along this hike! Also some challenging areas, and an overall great hike.
Not a bad hike and the view was OK. Not a difficult hike by any means. The final push to My Misery was the most challenging part. Bring a map to find your way around there were none I found in the park. Trails were marked well enough to follow but maps in the park or signs marking trail names would be a huge help.
I was going to rate it 3.5. 4 stars for great view at the top ; ]
My school hiked the blue trail and I've hiked it before, there are two fairly steep inclines, but other than that it's pretty flat. Coming down there's a couple very sharp downward angles, with a lot of rocks, a couple kids fell but luckily none got injured. Overall I'd say it's a pretty easy hike, if you don't mind going up a ways. As I haven't been on a decent hike in a while, by the end I was kind of tuckered out. Some Geo caches in the area too if that's your thing ^u^
lots of trails here to bike, hike, or horseback ride. They are a combo of woodsy walking trails and dirt roads. They get lots of use from many groups such as scouts, military groups, riders, walkers, bikers, etc. Maps available on the CT DEEP website.
Not being from the area, and with little or no signage, this trail was difficult to find. We came in from the rt 201 entrance to the park. And not knowing where the trail head for misery hill was, we had to ask for help. It's best found coming in from rt 49 on headquarters rd. Driving to cutoff rd. The trail leaves cut off road just after the last entrance to the campground on left. There is a small smoky the bear sign. Look for blue blazes, as there are several worn paths that come and go from the camp ground. Your on the trail when you see a well worn path that begins to climb through a pine forest just a couple hindered feet from the road.
Being that we are white mountain area hikers, this was an easy trail, but for a family that doesn't hike often it could be a bit tiring. There is an abrupt up hill on the beginning, for about a quarter mile then the trail becomes flat and trends down hill again to the last pitch up to the summit. We wanted this to be a loop hike, we returned down fire tower road where we turned right from the blue blazes (they continued back into the woods in a direction away from our car) and down fire tower road, then right again on cut off road to our car. This loop was only estimated to be 1.5 miles and not 3 miles. If there are maps for the trails in that park that would have been helpful in making the three mile hike that we were desiring. I guess that means we should have done more home work. ;)
The hike started easy enough from Hells Hollow Pond. The blue blazed trail was simple to follow over moderately easy terrain for the first third of the hike. There the trails became confusing and difficult to follow. There are many intersecting trails of various colors and unless you have a DEP Pachaug State Forest Map with you, you will get confused very quickly. I tried to use the map from All Trails as a guide for the hike. That won't happen again. The 3 mile hike turned into a 7.2 mile hike and we never made it around the toe of the boot depicted on the map.
The hike itself was quite nice. Lady Slippers frequently graced the trails. The woods are so clean and peaceful. A rather large doe bounded off the trail startled by our intrusion of her domain. I would rate the hike as easy to moderately easy. A great hike for beginners. But take the DEP Forestry Map with you.