Narragansett Trail is a 21.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Stonington, CT that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Narragansett Trail is a 21-mile route that extends from Lantern Hill in North Stonington, Connecticut, to Ashville Pond in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. It crosses a number of roads so many shorter trips are possible. The trail is mostly on gentle terrain, but is punctuated by a few steep, but short, sections. It features Hewitt/Gallup Pond, Wyassup Lake, High Ledge, Bear Cave/Bullet Ledge, Green Fall Pond, Yawgoog Pond, Long Pond, Ell Pond and Ashville Pond. The trail is on land owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Oldhaven Associates, The Nature Conservancy, the Pachaug State Forest, the Groton Sportsmen's Club, Rhode Island Boy Scouts, Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Rockville Wildlife Management Area (RI Department of Environmental Management). NOTE: The portion of the trail between Pendleton Hill Road (Route 49) and Tom Wheeler Road in North Stonington is owned by the Groton Sportsmen's Club; it is closed to hiking from October through March. The rest of the trail is open year-round.
Such beautiful views!!
Did an out and back of the first mile for my first real trail run, and it was pretty intense for a run like that. Can't wait for better weather to get some more time in on this trail.
Great trail. I would agree with what others have said. It is easy to overlook what we have in our back yard here in SE New England, and drive by it on our way to VT and NH. Legend Wood shelter is up on top of a hill with nice views, but if you look at the topo, there is no water source nearby. We had to go to the swamp. I have a nice filter and the water looks good (for a swamp), but I would rather not drink swamp water. So, bring a lot of water, or choose a campsite that has a stream. It is a shame, because I think it is best to concentrate the camping impact in a small area, and not spread it around. It is too bad they chose to locate the site away from water. Some motorized vehicle use in the area, makes it a little more accessible to people who consider three cases of beer a camping necessity.
One of the maps put out by the DEP shows a spur trail off of the trail to the site heading east towards the Narragansett Trail. I could not find that trail, so we had to go around. It is tempting to bushwhack it, but it is really ledgy (if that is a word).
The Narragansett Trail offers great views and different environments! The entire trail is a 20-mile option for Boy Scouts earning the Hiking Merit Badge.
Just hiked the Narragansett Trail today. It's about a 4.5 mile loop along the RI / CT border. It's a challenging hike with a large rock outcropping, picturesque landscape, and a magnificent hike through a ravine. There are some areas where you will need to have bouldering and water crossings skills. There are sections in the ravine where the trail is narrow with 8 to 12 foot drops into the rocky brook below. I highly recommend for anyone that is confident in their hiking and bouldering skills. This is not the type of trail to go on if you are new to hiking or have vertigo.
This was our families first overnight backpacking experience. We hiked into the Legend Wood lean to (about a mile) and stayed on a full moon night. There was my wife and three children (7,9 & 10). I have attached the CT DEP PDF file showing the trails and the lean to. We started at the boat ramp following the blue blazes until just before the trail turns back to the SE and bush wacked until we crossed the unmarked gray trail. The lean to is on top off a hill with a small ledge to the south. If you continue on the Blue Blaze there is a vista ledge overlooking the Wayussup Lake. We are planning to complete a few more short 1 night hikes to refine our backpacking needs and wants and also to build the children up so that we all enjoy it. The beginning of the trail starts at Lantern Hill, near Fox Woods Casino just off of Rte 2. Someday we plan on starting there and making a 3 day hike to the state border in Voluntown, CT