Great Swamp Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Wakefield, Rhode Island that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 144 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

bugs
3 days ago

It's a way to access the Great Swamp, which is a natural landmark.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy trail, nice for run.

24 days ago

This is a gravel access road NOT a hiking trail. Should be listed as easier than easy. Lots of bugs (as expected with swamp land)

hiking
24 days ago

This should not even be listed as a "trail". It is more accurately a gravel service road. Furthermore, whomsoever deemed or deems this a "moderate" trail needs to reach down and find a pair. This is the easiest of easy's. Don't bring your dog, will not be comfortable on their feet. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice wide trails make this a pretty easy walk. The trails must be used as a road as well because there are divots so u can either walk in the tire divots or in the middle grassy part. Nothing bad ~ just mentioning. The swamp is very peaceful with a lot of birds to see. This is a very popular spot so be sure to have your dog on a leash! Overall a great 4 mile walk!!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Gravel road, sand in my shoes, LOTS OF GNATS, extremely boring, powerlines over a big body of water, maybe nice for birders but not for me.

hiking
2 months ago

All gravel road, boring. Be better for running or mountain biking. Nothing great about the swamp. Hahaha

3 months ago

Nice hike. Saw some beaver, ducks, geese.

hiking
3 months ago

Disappointing. Was a road that wrapped around the swamp.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Its a utility road not a trail. Its was pretty boring to me. I wouldn’t do it again.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
bugs
over grown
8 months ago

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Great place to see nature, spotted plenty of birds I had never seen before. Flat trail but we hiked close to 6 miles. If you’re thirsty afterwards hit up Shaidzon Beer Company, only a few minute drive from the Reservation.

hiking
Fri Mar 08 2019

The trail was mostly dirt road and not too much to look at, though the view of the pond was nice and the trail very quiet. There was one truck on the path with workers checking the trail and removing fallen branches. There was a lot of icy spots where the trucks had packed the snow. Microspikes would have been good to have.

Mon Nov 19 2018

This trail was very fun. I enjoyed it a lot.but the only thing about it that I did not like was there was not a lot of things to look at like not cool rocks there was not that many cool things on the ground.when you go on this trail in the summer there is lots of bugs flying around.when you go to this trail in summer you need to put big spray on.but overall great trail!

Sun Oct 07 2018

Truck path, no views, no elevation, no challenge, no payoff. Would not recommend to anyone for any reason.

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

Nice easy stroll. Beautiful ponds! Narragansett Indian massacre took place here during King Phillip's War.

running
Wed Jul 25 2018

I love doing tempo runs here on the wide trails, usually finding a nice breeze near the water and one solid (albeit small) hill. The trail has sections with lots of small, loose rocks, but footing is good overall. The one watchout is the deer flies in the summer months! Wear a hat and be prepared for them to bother you. My pace was much faster due to them!

Sat Aug 26 2017

Not a big fan of walking alongside power lines.

Mon Aug 07 2017

Flat trail but buggiest walk we have been on. Talk your bug spray with you.

Mon May 01 2017

There was not much scenery other than in the very first part of the trail. It got boring quickly. There are other trails such as Tri Pond Park that are better.

hiking
Sun Apr 09 2017

Completed on 4/8/17. I have mixed feelings about this hike. More of dirt/crossroads type track. The power lines don't create the greatest vibe. Quite a few people by mid-morning. But on the flip-side the swamp area is beautiful. So many different types of birds and waterfowl. The ospreys and their nests are pretty neat. The pond is also really nice. So overall I'm glad I came and I would recommend it for anyone that likes bird-watching and water-views. Some great scenery. I would definitely recommend taking the trail to the pond off the main loop

hiking
Sun Nov 27 2016

Fun , easy trail.

Sun Nov 27 2016

Nice walk. Very kid friendly

walking
Tue Nov 01 2016

Great 4.4 mile walk for aerobic workout! Spring and early Fall are best for scenery and nature viewing.

Wed Oct 05 2016

Was a 4.5 mile hike on a well marked trail.... took in the beautiful day filled with nature

Sat Jul 09 2016

Tons of biting flies and dull scenery.

Fri May 27 2016

Very good hike. Trail markers are slightly confusing, but still a very beautiful hike.

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