Tillinghast Pond Loop

EASY 9 reviews

Tillinghast Pond Loop is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near West Greenwich, RI that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles 131 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running






The trail circles Tillinghast Pond, with spectacular, long views across the water. The white-blazed Tillinghast Pond Loop alternates between forest and field, with a half-dozen or more spots to pause and look out over the pond. Leaving from the north end of the parking lot, the trail winds quietly among towering white pines, almost immediately leaving the rest of the world behind. Before long, the pond appears on the right, below, as the trail follows the spine of a small glacial esker. At the end of the ridge, the trail switches back sharply to the left; a spur trail to the right provides an even better view. Here, the trail overlaps with Plain Road for about a tenth of a mile, before cutting back to the right at the corner of a hayfield. This next segment of trail generally winds between the hayfields and the pond's edge, passing a bench at Howard's Rest, crossing a small stream, and leading to an observation platform. The platform is somewhat obscured from the trail, but don't miss it! Step out over the pond, and you'll swear you're in Maine rather than 40 minutes from Providence. Departing the platform and turning right, hikers leave the hayfields behind, and follow and up-and-down path through the forest for the next half-mile or so. Near the northeast corner of Tillinghast Pond, a bog bridge carries the trail over a low drainage area, where ash trees dominate instead of oak and pine. The second half of the loop is fairly straightforward, but two more scenic spots await: one seems to provide a last look at the pond from the bottom of a hill, but there is another lovely overlook coming up on the east side of the pond, down a short side trail. Along the way, there are two junctions with the Flintlock Trail, which explores the open woods to the east of Tillinghast Pond. The Pond Loop concludes with some of the largest white pines in the area, before returning to parking lot kiosk.

12 days ago

5 months ago

Great! We did the Pond Loop trail, and part of another. All very well marked and beautifully kept trails. Did pick up some trash :( left by others. Lots of poison ivy so keep on the trails, and some pesky flies but our bug spray and the nice breeze kept them at bay. Lots of nice spots along the trail to sit and enjoy the beauty of the pond and all the wonderful surrounding nature. Picnic table at Phoebe's spot a nice addition. Will add this one to our favorites.

5 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful location to hike.

8 months ago

Great trail for kids. Nice views. East blazing

11 months ago

I loved this trail!! It is the Mecca of pine trees. The ground is almost pillowy while under the pines. There are several really nice resting spots. Make sure to wear blaze orange during hunting season.

1 year ago

Nice easy hike for something to do for the day. beautiful scenery and well kept trails. Will do again

1 year ago


2 years ago

I took this hike with the Narragansett Appalachian Mountain Club in the fall, combining the Pond Loop Trail with the Coney Brook Trail for a total of about 6 miles. It's a wonderful, well-maintained trail full of variety. The Coney Brook section has some ups and downs and babbling brooks with bridges, and the Pond Loop has great rocks for climbing, conveniently placed benches for resting, and of course the beauty of the pond. I loved these trails so much that the very next day I schlepped all 3 grandsons and a reluctant hubby back to the trail. We donned our bright orange and tackled the loop trail on a beautiful but chilly day, and had what I consider a perfect outing! For my younger 2 grandsons, it was their introduction to hiking, and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome....they loved it too, and the world now has 2 more nature/hiking enthusiasts!