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Way too much road walking. Hopefully the rest of the 80 miles is actually in the woods. Very well marked though.

I generously gave this hike 3 stars because of the great trail markings. There was no way you could take a wrong turn with all the blue blazes. The hike itself was easy although 55 to 60% of it was on roads of some kind. Some were dirt roads, others were tarred. . Parking in Wood River is limited but available at the Meadowbrook Pond Fishing Area & Boat Launch on Church Street. This is where we parked the 2nd car for when we completed the 12 mile hike from Blue Shutters Beach. This is on the left just past the intersection of Church Street and Switch Road going west on Church Street. From everything I have read, this is the least scenic leg of the 80 mile hike. The highlights of this hike was a covered bridge with seating where we enjoyed a lunch break. Also of interest was some foundation ruins, and large animal footprints. Possibly large coyote or mountain lion. It was one of the easiest 12 mile hikes that I have done.

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1 month ago

You are walking the coastline on this hike. It is flat but your walking over rocks and sand. We took the early ferry over to the island and had the entire coastline to ourselves the entire hike. Beautiful!

3 months ago

Stairway down is quite steep, walk back up is moderately difficult. Views of the block coastline are amazing. Ocean at the bottom is inviting if not too worried about the rocks and high tide. Worth the trip if visiting. Biking to the stairs is the way to go!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Traveling over rocks of various sizes got old pretty quick. Kind of same view over and over - not very interesting. Rodman’s Hollow was much better.

Nice little beach

Friday, September 08, 2017

This should not be rated as moderate, it should be easy! I walked this today, the trails are wide enough to drive a truck down, flat and beautifully maintained. It could be a long hike if you walk the whole thing, theres a couple of short side trails. Really nice scenery, wild life and ocean breezes, there's even a pretty decent outhouse in the lower parking lot to boot.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

worth the hike down

Monday, May 01, 2017

Walked May '17. Don't understand the excitement here. It's a short (3-mile) rocky scramble at sea level with minimal views. Lots of washed up debris (an outboard motor, plastic sheeting) everywhere. Plenty of better walks in CT and RI.

nice and long, easy trail. Good for running. Beautiful views.

My grandson and I hiked 9.6 mi of this section SOBO, preferring to skip the first couple of miles of blacktop and finish at Blue Shutters Beach. The trail was open, easy and pleasant, with no tough climbs and no uncertain terrain. Finding the covered bridge was fun and provided a great spot for a break, as did the picnic table at the no-longer-used campsite in Burlingame State Park. The finale at the beach was a welcome reward for that last mile of trekking on more blacktop in unrelenting sun.

Nice easy stroll through a wildlife sanctuary that was once a military air base that has since grown in. A lot of low shrubs with some sporadic hardwoods and nice views of Ninigret pond.

mountain biking
Monday, September 02, 2013

Rode north to south and was a bit more challenging than expected, as about 25% of the trail within Burlingame was washed out by recent rains which meant some real "off-road" biking. Once we hit the paved stretches, it was clear all the way to the beach at the southern-most end of the trail. Cooled our tired feet in the surf! A local science teacher we encountered at the start pointed out a geological phenomenon called a "glacial erratic" (see photo). Apparently, only one of a very few in all of Rhode Island. He recounted how local Narragansett tribes would rock it back and forth creating a sound which could be heard for miles - they used it to summon outlying villages to great gatherings. The erratic is located 20 feet off the road approx. 200 yards east of the intersection of Shumankanuc Hill Rd and Kings Factory Road (on the southwestern edge of the Indian Cedar Swamp Management Area)

Very beautiful trails. Great for birders!! I saw my first upland sandpiper here as well as many gold finch, TONS of catbirds, osprey, towhees, red winged black birds- just to name a few. This is a nice easy hike to bring the kids on and there are little access points that bring you right to the water. I can imagine it'd be great for trail running (I'm not a runner, myself but there arnt many obstacles in the way, it's fairly flat and there is tons of room). Happy Trails! Daisy

The North South Trail begins at this point on Blue Shutters Beach, Charlestown. I didn't waste time on the beach, but parked in the lot and got moving. That its because within a mile or so, you get to what is perhaps the most dangerous point on the North South Trail: the Route 1 crossing. That crossing is why I never considered going near this section over the summer, what with the beach traffic. Even though I went after Labor Day, I had my reservations. Fortunately, on this particular day they were having a bicycle race that covered part of Route 1. The Charlestown Police were detailed right at the crossing, and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to get help crossing Route 1. So, I never really stopped to look at Blue Shutters Beach. Now, of course, with Sandy having battered the coast, I suppose I will never really get to appreciate what Blue Shutters was. I have to say that this section just isn't a very inspiring start to the one trail that runs the entire length of the State. You spend a lot of time on the road in summer home/residential area before getting to Burlingame Management area.

Started our group hike for the North South Trail along this section. Although we completed the N/S Trail South to North we hiked this section north to south to end at the ocean. Had 2" to 4" of snow on ground at 32 degrees. The trail winds its way through wooded wetlands, crosses a brook by way of a small covered bridge and rounds the west side of Ninigret Pond. As with several sections of the N/S Trail has some paved road walking, this time about a mile to the beach. Still a great way to see rural Rhode Island. For more information check our journals at Blackstone Valley Outfitters website.

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