Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, and on the shores of Bowdish Reservoir, the 100 acre George Washington Memorial Camping Area is an overnight, primitive camping facility offering a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. There are 45 treed, well spaced gravel sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. Electrical hookups are not available; water is available from the various shared spigots throughout the campground. Bathrooms are either outhouses or pit toilets, there are no shower facilities. There are two Adirondack style Shelters available by reservation, for group camping (limited to 20 persons each).

I live 5 minutes from this campground and try to get out as much as I can - even if for only the short loop! Peaceful trail, never busy! The 8 mile loop is a good workout in wet/snowy weather.

This trail is really good.in the snow and cold weather it is really hard.but when it is sunny it is easier.you should wear hiking boots on this trail because it has a lot of water on the ground. but overall it is a really relaxing and fun trail!

Great trail. 3 options. 1.6 mike blue loop. 4.8 mike orange loop (which is trail listed here) and 7.6 red loop. Great trails. Good parking. Year round. Blue loop trail is free from hunting but always wear orange in hunting season. Great views, well marked, and peaceful. Check it out.

What an excellent trail!!
I was in the mood Sunday September 30 for a moderate trail and decided on this. I was glad to have dressed appropriately with my hiking boots and trekking poles as there are lots of rocks, roots, water hazards and gradients to challenge me. I did the 6 mile as I didn't have time for the 8. Go early and stay on the orange trail (8 mile). The trail is well marked. Pay attention to your footing!! Enjoy!

Awesome trail! Not too many bugs this time of the year and great Lake for the dogs to take a dip!

Great trail, I did the red trail, my gps showed it at just about 5 Miles. The trail was very well marked. I’m a novice and this was a perfect trail for me. It challenged me in some spots but was easy enough not to be intimidating. Lots of bugs, but isn’t that expected in the woods? Im looking forward to going back to do the 8 mile loop.

4 months ago

The red trail is beautiful! I would love to return when the ticks aren't as bad.. Found about 25 of them on the dog after the walk.

6 months ago

This was a pleasant walk with my seven-year-old, with a nice breeze off the lake for parts of the hike. We planned to take the red loop, but the signage, which was really clear for the first half, was confusing/missing in places so we ended up on a bit longer hike. A few notes about taking the trail with kids:
1) Hiking boots and bug spray are a must. Even on a dry July day there was a fair amount of mud (although probably not as much as my daughter would have liked. I'd recommend hiking poles, but I always say that.
2) "moderate" is a fair appraisal; it's not very steep anywhere, but the terrain varies a lot in small ways, from rocky to lakeside to beds of pine needles, which makes it better for kids. (My daughter gets bored if the trail is too flat or monotonous or doesn't have things to climb.) There aren't a lot of dangers or areas where kids could easily vanish from sight. But what it also doesn't have is the kind of attractions/landmarks along the way that help keep kids focused (like the way the Mashomoquet loop has Table Rock/the Wolf Den/the Indian Chair for kids to stop at along the loop).
3) We mostly had the trail to ourselves, but there were a lot of campers and swimmers in the park. For parts of the walk you feel like you're walking by a lot of campsites, while other parts are more secluded.
4) Bring a bathing suit for after. My daughter was a little distraught that we couldn't go swimming in the pond after the hike, and if I'd realized there was a pond/beach right at the trailhead I would have brought suits. There's an area for changing/bathrooms at the trailhead.

Nice trail through the woods, mostly flat and probably doable in sneakers, but I was glad I wore my boots because it's rooty and rocky in areas. Didn't see another soul on the trail on a weekday afternoon. A lot of pretty mossy/ferny areas. As others have said, the trail takes you around ponds and through marshes, so yes, bugspray.

Extremely well marked except for a moment on the orange trail going clockwise near the Pulaski Wildlife Marsh where the map shows it curving around the water over the grassy area, but there are orange markers pointing away from it on another trail as well - I followed the map and it worked out.

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6 months ago

I did the Blue and the Red trails today, my Garmin GPS measured the entire route as 6 miles(I parked at the gate). Some parts a little muddy and rocky, but a great run/hike. Next time I’ll wear bug spray.

Happy to read that the trail I and 300 of my fellow sailors of the Royal Australian Navy built in RI in 1965 is still being enjoyed by our American cousins. We didn't do it out if the goodness of our heart. We were 'volunteered ' by our CO to keep us out of mischief ! The local bar owner ran out of beer the first day of our labour but quickly stocked up for the next month or two. Us workers came up with an entirely different name for the trail. We wanted to call it the Fakawi trail. Now, if you prefix that name with the phrase 'where the ' you will appreciate why our name was rejected in favour of its present name. So very glad it is still in use today after so many years and being enjoyed as we intended. Good luck to you all. Fond regsrds from one of the original trail blazers.

7 months ago

Started at the campground by the beach, meant to do the 6 mile loop but ended up doing the 8 mile loop plus some (walked in circles for a bit...). I wore just low cut sneakers and not hiking boots, huge mistake. I recommend trekking poles but could definitely be done without it. I hiked with my 6.5 month old in a pack and my dog. It was the longest so far with the babe. I picked about 22 ticks off my dog (no joke). So check thoroughly post hike.

7 months ago

Nice trails with scenic views at times. Really nice breeze off the ponds. Pulled off 6 ticks - bring bug spray!

Third time hiking here - fall winter and spring. No bugs today fortunately since we forgot bug spray. Love this hike for the rugged rocky trails and lovely wetland areas. Did the ‘six’ mile loop. It measured five miles by this app.

8 months ago

We did the 6 mile loop and the Angel loop (1.5? mile) trails. Both trails were flooded out in spots and there were a few trees down. Nice trails overall and very well marked. Angel loop has nice views of Bowditch reservoir. Access is on George Washington campground. Drinking water and restrooms are available.

Great trail. Easy hike. Extremely well marked. We did the red trail (6 miles) which was 5.5 miles or so. The wet areas were all easy to navigate. Highly recommend. Gorgeous day.

10 months ago

I completed this hike today March 10, 2018. Started at 6:30 AM. Crisp 32 degrees but clear skies. I have been here before but today was much more challenging. Also more fun! It was a combination of 1 to 3 inches of crunchy snow, some very wet areas, and lots of small branches and trees across the trails because of the recent wet snow. I planned to do the orange trail but quickly decided to cut it shorter and do red trail which is supposed to be 6 miles. My tracker said a little over 5 which was fine. Great morning. Nice winter hiking spot.

10 months ago

Very nice woodland trail. A few wet/muddy spots. Well marked trails.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Walked 2 trails today. The Angel trail goes along the water for a while then cuts back past camp sites. Loved that. 1.5 miles. Then we did the 2 mile blue trail on the other side of the reservoir. That was nice but not as scenic. We had a nice walk. Both are well marked.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Did the 8 mile orange trail. There were a few points where I did get a little lost, especially towards the end. I couldn't find where the path continued ended up going around in circles,so I just turned around and made it an out and back instead of looping around.It is a beautiful and quiet trail. I'd recommend it. Didn't see one bug.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Did the Red (6 mile loop). Very pretty, quiet. Well maintained and well marked easy to follow trail.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Beautiful forest, alive with birds and Little creatured, quiet and easy to follow markers

Sunday, August 27, 2017

very nice hike along the lake, through the woods and some marshes. Mostly secluded except for area along the lake. there are 3 hikes available which are all excellently marked the whole way - we did red which was supposed to be 6 miles. Very happy we did this one!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Loved this trail! We did the 4.6 mile loop and we're delighted with its scenery, changing landscapes and well- marked trails. Truly lovely for a winter hike and looks like it might be beautiful in late spring/early summer as wild rhododendron are everywhere!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Very nice, well marked trail. Good for dogs and very fun during the winter. Will have to come back during the warmer months to experience the beach in full affect.

Monday, October 10, 2016

great day for a hike! well marked too. very peaceful ;)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Very well marked, varying length trails through differing types of forest. Well worth the $2 entry fee.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I did the yellow trail, which was almost 8 miles. It was a little tricky due to recent rain. They maintain the trail.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

There is a small fee when entering, paid $2.00. Followed the red trail. Lots of different terrains. Some sections were harder than others. Beautiful and peaceful. One of the few trails we've walked where we saw other people on the trails. Only downside is that there is a lot of areas where you aren't protected from the sun so it gets really warm. Bring a lot of water. Would do it again.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


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