Jennifer N. on Great Swamp Trail
Personally, this is my favorite place to hike in South County. Coming from Colorado, where you can wander for weeks on all the forest service roads, I needed to have a place to just wander, zone out and not worry about where I was going. The Great Swamp is perfect for that. My dog (leashless from August to March!) and I love the wide trails and access to water. There are several options for loops, which are great for just wandering--you never get lost! The wide loop by the swamp is absolutely beautiful with its wide-open views, something that seems hard to find here in RI, where most everything is thickly wooded. I do worry about all the hunting going on in the fall and winter, but we made sure everyone including the dog was wearing orange, and it seemed pretty safe.