North South Trail and Center Trail to Bowdish Reservoir

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North South Trail and Center Trail to Bowdish Reservoir is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chepachet, Rhode Island that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 508 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching





1 month ago

Nice, wide, well marked yellow trail. Bring bug spray. Lots of pesty insects! Otherwise, nice trail.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Lots of parking. Lots of trail options.

Monday, March 19, 2018

This trail was great! I had to cut my hike short due to a quickly dying phone battery, and ended up making my own smaller loop. Luckily there were many nearby gravel roads to help make whatever loop you want. There was a layer of crunchy snow on the ground and the trail was interrupted by many fallen trees from the recent storm. Saw some wildlife around the water's edge. I can't wait to come back and do the full orange loop once spring hits!

Monday, February 19, 2018

I did this trail February 11, was cool with a little drizzle and parts of the trail were icy, but it was a great trail. Beautiful scenery. Has a little bit of everything...

Monday, September 18, 2017

peaceful and beautiful

Friday, August 11, 2017

I'd give this more like 3.5 stars. The trail was well kept and well marked, but it required crossing over gravel roads more often than I would have liked. Some varying terrain. Easy to moderate. It was quite buggy for my hike in Aug.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great park but gets a little too busy in summer for my taste

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Decent trails - pretty flat but very rocky so you need good sneakers to hike it. Trails very poorly marked in some places. We lost the orange trail about a mile in and ended up just following the road which lead us back to the car. It's fairly pretty, though there is a lot of hunting in the area, so wear orange during hunting season!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Camped for the long labor day weekend, which was a busy one despite some iffy weather reports (which never did happen). Definitely get a hike in spot, all the drive up and RV areas are loud and crowded as was the beach, even though it wasn't swimming weather. Note that hike in is at least a mile and a half to the closest marked spots, a little further to the others. It's not a nice clear trail, lot's of rocks, mud and roots and some incline. If you are bringing in a cooler or anything not on your back, it's going to be tough going. We had to bring in firewood in a few trips, just reloading our backpacks. We had an awesome weekend, no issues, easy booking online, easy check in and check out.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I did the Orange Trail today, but I started it from Pulaski Park Pavillion and went up Center Trail, then went left onto the trail and did the loop. Lots of rocks and things to keep you busy! The campsite area is beautiful!!! Very happy with this hike, will do it again!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Excellent. I did the 8.6 mile orange trail today. Very rugged and lots of rocks. Hiking boots highly recommended to keep your feet dry.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Great ride.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Today April 26, 2015 I woke up to attended the Autism Awareness 2k walk at Goddard Memorial State Park in East Greenwich RI as I do every year, it gets better every year it's great event and a GREAT CAUSE to support. Anyway after the walk I normally keep the motivation going and take a ride to George Washington Memorial Campground in Chepachet, RI as I do every year to hike some of the trails with my fiancee. This year my fiancee could make it because she works over nights( she's not a stripper she a mental health worker) so I called my buddy and we set course to George Washington Memorial Campground, upon arriving it cost $2 to enter the gate witch is no biggie after that you drive to the second left you can park on the corner or the small parking area or I park down by the boat dock, basically there's plenty of vistor parking. Once we parked we instantly checked out sites #28 and #29 possibly the best sites on the grounds also site #7 is a awesome site, #15 is a honorable mention I noticed today they put grey gravel down( don't know how I feel about that), can you tell I camp here allot ha. Any-wooo after checking out the sites we set out on the angle loop trail it's a 2mile loop(hence the name) starting out along the shores of Bowdish Reservoir a bit patchy as you go on water eating away at some the trail but once it turns into the woods more it becomes easier though it's not a hard trail at all, it passes by I believe 5 hike in sites witch seems like a great idea but I like big fires so hiking in all that wood could kill you ha not to mention water etc etc, the rest of the angle loop is nice with a down hill to the finish of course I left S#!t out but hike it 2 miles isn't long good views and a good hike to build motivation. Now on to the big boy trail I forgot the name but it's a optional 2 mile- 6 mile- 8 mile trail medium level hike HARD(6m-8m) to none hikers, bring plenty of water. Today we did the 6 mile I have done them all a dozen or more times but today I was 4 miles up when we opted for the 6, it starts by the beach there are rocks leading in little foot bridges in the beginning all kinds of rock forms nothing huge, speaking of rocks on this trail keep your head looking down do to water, rocks and roots protruding from the ground. The sights are beautiful over looking Bowdish Reservoir plenty of great spots to watch the sunset on the lake, the trail twist and turns going up hill and down hill taking you deep in to the woods within the 4000 acres of George Washington Management Area. The trail markers on the trees need some updating but it adds a sense of adventure, feeling of being off the beaten path when you lose your marker and run out of trail, don't panic just turn around find your path marker it happened today took us seconds to get going again. The staff does a decent job maintaining the trail with beam bridges over flooding mossy areas and logged paths through mucky areas. It takes like 2 and a half hours with sight seeing plus small breaks. I know I left allot out, go check it out yourself! Its truly one of the greatest hikes I've been on in Rhody, the 8 mile is great and I will do that a few times this summer, I have a ton of pics from previous trips I will upload soon. I am new to the site an plan on hiking all spring and summer so you will hear from me.. -Otiz Flowers

Thursday, August 23, 2012

This is a great set of trails overall. Though the George Washington management area is primarily a campground, the Rangers always allow us to park in the lot at the entrance and walk to the trailhead which is about an eighth of a mile away by the campground beach area. There are three trails (blue red and yellow), which diverge at clearly marked intersections. A couple of spots are over marked (you'll see what I mean), and the trail runs close to a few campsites at one point, but other than that this is a great spot. There are a few area (one right by the beach and one about a half a mile in) with large rocks that the kids love to play on. The standout spot is where the blue trail splits from the red and yellow trails at Wilbur Pond. There is a great view of the entire pond and it's always quiet and serene...

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