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North South Trail and Center Trail to Bowdish Reservoir

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Pulaski State Park

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.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 508 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Forest

Lake

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Please note that the main entrance for this trail is closed due to COVID 19.

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Reviews (124)
Photos (264)
Recordings (123)
Completed (186)
Megan Pace
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HikingRocky
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Dave Masulli
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HikingBugsMuddy

6/7/2020 - Solid trail. We hiked the majority of it, skipping just a few sections towards the end of GW Campground. I'd say it's on the easier side of moderate, with a few narrow rocky sections making up most of the obstacles. Mild elevation gains. It's a bit buggy this time of the year, but we'll definitely be back as it's very quiet and a pretty, woodsy area.

dan glass
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Hiking

This lovely park offers many opportunities to very off the trail and loopback. Walking is easy and scenic.

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Matthew Young
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HikingBugsMuddy
Brian Cronin
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Mountain bikingRocky

Fire road rides are good for a cardio workout, a little too sandy and dry but serves the purpose. The single track off the NorthSouth Trail Orange/Red triangle by Wilbur Pond is a very rocky scramble , more time off the saddle than I prefer with terrain a mix of heavy and high root and rock gardens but the views and little stretches of rideable very technical single track made it bearable. Hope there are better stretches of single track left to be explored.

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Maricia Mirante
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Hiking

Great walk for my 3 year old to walk at her own pace.

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Dan Maser
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HikingBridge outClosedFloodedMuddy

The route, as diagrammed, wasn't that great, but with a few changes it earns a 4. The main park entrance was closed due to COVID-19, but the actual trail entrance in the route was fine. Center Trail is a wide gravel road, frequented by ATVs, and the north portion of the route was utterly forgettable, and included a fallen tree blocking a bridge. Later instead of rejoining Center Trail I stayed north and found a much better route. Similarly, you can get off the road going to the latter two ponds by finding the trail along the water's edge. Lots of potential here, but definitely make your own route from the map; the one charted here isn't particularly special.

Kelly Vignali
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Hiking

Great area for picnics and swimming in the summer. Good area for an easy hikeZ Secluded Hiking trails throughout the woods.

Jessica Lambert Dooley
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Jamie Shaw
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Hiking

I am not in Einstein but I thought the north-south trail did just that went north to south. Was trying to hook up to the mid state trail in mass. Also goes north south. Not sure why the north-south trail is a loop. If anybody can help with this. Thank you.

Spring Mcneil
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Mountain bikingBugsMuddyOff trailRocky

Tons of trails to ride on and explore!!

Steve Beckler
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HikingBugs

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

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Paul Wilken
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Hiking

Lots of parking. Lots of trail options.

Kylie Beth
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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!

Geoff Weston
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Hiking

I did this trail February 11, 2018.it 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...

Jean Mckee
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peaceful and beautiful

ashley hayes
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Hiking

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.

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

Aubrey Waz
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Hiking

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!

Tiana Mui
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Camping

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.

Amie Ouellette
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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!

Ken Harrington
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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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