Narragansett Trail

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Narragansett Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near North Stonington, Connecticut that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1473 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

The Narragansett Trail crosses a number of roads so many shorter trips are possible. The trail is mostly on gentle terrain, but is punctuated by a few steep, but short, sections. It features Hewitt/Gallup Pond, Wyassup Lake, High Ledge, Bear Cave/Bullet Ledge, Green Fall Pond, Yawgoog Pond, Long Pond, Ell Pond and Ashville Pond. The trail is on land owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Oldhaven Associates, The Nature Conservancy, the Pachaug State Forest, the Groton Sportsmen's Club, Rhode Island Boy Scouts, Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Rockville Wildlife Management Area (RI Department of Environmental Management). NOTE: The portion of the trail between Pendleton Hill Road (Route 49) and Tom Wheeler Road in North Stonington is owned by the Groton Sportsmen's Club; it is closed to hiking from October through March. The rest of the trail is open year-round.

hiking
1 month ago

Signage at the North Stonington Transfer station still indicates the trail between Wintechog Rd and Rt 2 is still closed. Attempted anyways however had to quickly turn back since all trees with the blue blaze are removed and no sign of the trail exists. Instead parked at Ryder Rd and did the portion to Wyassup Lake and back. Trail is starting to become overgrown and the blue blazes are faded and hard to see.

2 months ago

Did the mid section from Ryder road to Legend Wood Road junction, 4.6 miles. Very scenic. The section south of Wtassup Lake had numerous trees down over the trail making it hard to follow in places. Just north of the Lake was recently cleared and had some great vistas and bluffs.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views near Lantern Hill. Its not well marked about 1.5 miles beyond Lantern Hill and there's some construction over the trail. If i went the right way, there was a decent portion overgrown with brambles and had to bushwack to find the trail further down. 85% of the trail is well marked and clear. Overall good views and pretty with a good mix of varying terrain. Unless you want a 20 mile hike you'll need a buddy or someone to drop off on one end and park on the other. There definitely were a lot of ticks, long pants were a must.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail was extremely overgrown poorly marked and filled with ticks, HIKE WITH CAUTION, 25JUN17

8 months ago

Hannah trinque is beautiful

8 months ago

beautiful

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Such beautiful views!!

trail running
Friday, July 15, 2016

Did an out and back of the first mile for my first real trail run, and it was pretty intense for a run like that. Can't wait for better weather to get some more time in on this trail.

camping
Monday, November 10, 2014

Great trail. I would agree with what others have said. It is easy to overlook what we have in our back yard here in SE New England, and drive by it on our way to VT and NH. Legend Wood shelter is up on top of a hill with nice views, but if you look at the topo, there is no water source nearby. We had to go to the swamp. I have a nice filter and the water looks good (for a swamp), but I would rather not drink swamp water. So, bring a lot of water, or choose a campsite that has a stream. It is a shame, because I think it is best to concentrate the camping impact in a small area, and not spread it around. It is too bad they chose to locate the site away from water. Some motorized vehicle use in the area, makes it a little more accessible to people who consider three cases of beer a camping necessity.
One of the maps put out by the DEP shows a spur trail off of the trail to the site heading east towards the Narragansett Trail. I could not find that trail, so we had to go around. It is tempting to bushwhack it, but it is really ledgy (if that is a word).

hiking
Monday, April 23, 2012

The Narragansett Trail offers great views and different environments! The entire trail is a 20-mile option for Boy Scouts earning the Hiking Merit Badge.

hiking
Thursday, April 05, 2012

Just hiked the Narragansett Trail today. It's about a 4.5 mile loop along the RI / CT border. It's a challenging hike with a large rock outcropping, picturesque landscape, and a magnificent hike through a ravine. There are some areas where you will need to have bouldering and water crossings skills. There are sections in the ravine where the trail is narrow with 8 to 12 foot drops into the rocky brook below. I highly recommend for anyone that is confident in their hiking and bouldering skills. This is not the type of trail to go on if you are new to hiking or have vertigo.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2011

This was our families first overnight backpacking experience. We hiked into the Legend Wood lean to (about a mile) and stayed on a full moon night. There was my wife and three children (7,9 & 10). I have attached the CT DEP PDF file showing the trails and the lean to. We started at the boat ramp following the blue blazes until just before the trail turns back to the SE and bush wacked until we crossed the unmarked gray trail. The lean to is on top off a hill with a small ledge to the south. If you continue on the Blue Blaze there is a vista ledge overlooking the Wayussup Lake. We are planning to complete a few more short 1 night hikes to refine our backpacking needs and wants and also to build the children up so that we all enjoy it. The beginning of the trail starts at Lantern Hill, near Fox Woods Casino just off of Rte 2. Someday we plan on starting there and making a 3 day hike to the state border in Voluntown, CT

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