Wickaboxet Wildlife Management Area is a 8 mile lightly trafficked 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 and is accessible from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
good for a first hike
hiked the southeast side to flat top tree area where anchored structure was. Paralleled original in point dumped at bouldering rock and back to parking area. GREAT time GOOD hike with varying degrees of challenge.
7/11/16 The day was cloudy but pleasant for hiking so my Grandson & I did the mega loop version of this hike. (see my recording) We did a combination of trails including the Wixaboxet trail. We followed a trail map I got at http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/rhodeisland/placesweprotect/trail-map-guide-of-tillinghast-pond-management-area.pdf
These well marked trails should be rated very easy. There were very few elevation changes making them family friendly as well as dog friendly. If you are looking for a little cardio workout on your hike, this isn't for you. The old cemetery and old foundations made up the hi lights for this hike. Unfortunately the negatives outweighed the positives on this one. Thus the 3 star rating. The entire area has been ravaged by the gypsy moths making the foliage in many areas non-existent. The moths are now flying around everywhere adding to the madness of the buzzing horseflies. Two helpings of Off and Deep Woods insect repellent barely kept them at bay. This hike was merely a walk in the woods with very little varying terrain and lots of bugs.
walk all of the Blue Trail over 4 miles great Trail in great shape two dogs with me and enjoyed the trail
this was fun. a large cliff to sit on and over look the area.
This morning (9/19/15) was a beautiful morning for a hike. Somewhat warm but still nice – and yes I still needed bug spray! I completed an approximate 9 mile loop starting from the small dirt lot off Plain Meeting House Rd at the bottom of the dirt/woods Wickaboxer Rock Road (41°38'11.5"N 71°44'09.0"W). I went past the gate, went left where the dirt road splits, then followed the blue blazes left into the woods. I followed the blue blazes northwest until it met with the yellow blazed Flinklock trail, then the white blazes east to the Tillinghast Pond parking area which is south of the pond, crossed the street and followed the orange blazed Coney Brook Trail until it met up with the white blazes north of Tillinghast Pond, then got back on the yellow blazed Flinklock heading east until it met up with the blue blazed Wickaboxet trail. When it intersected with the Wickaboxer Rock Road I took it south back to the parking lot. Not a difficult hike but a lot of nicely blazed, wood trails. Some great views of Tillinghast Pond. Saw a fisherman on a kayak pulling in a bunch of bass on the pond, some seemed decent size. Did not see any hunters except for a bow hunter leaving the parking area when I arrived in the morning. Nice hike!
Trail map: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/rhodeisland/placesweprotect/trail-map-guide-of-tillinghast-pond-management-area.pdf
Excellent hike! Trails are well marked. Plenty of old cellar holes and reminders of the farmland that once was. Mid-hike we came across massive ant mounds that may or may not have been active. Be sure to check out Rattlesnake Ledge for great views of Washington County.
An old favorite has been made new with the addition and marking of the Blue Loop. It officially links Wickaboxet to Tillinghast, guides us through old farmstead we may have missed earlier, and doesn't forget the well-loved Rattlesnake Ledge and ant mounds. Put it on your revisit list!