Great Swamp Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews

Great Swamp Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Kingstown, Rhode Island that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
144 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running
27 days ago

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!

11 months ago

Not a big fan of walking alongside power lines.

Monday, August 07, 2017

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

Monday, 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
Sunday, April 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
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fun , easy trail.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nice walk. Very kid friendly

walking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Tons of biting flies and dull scenery.

Friday, May 27, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, March 29, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, March 19, 2012

Nice place for a hike with plenty of wildlife throughout. Trail descriptions I've researched talk of yellow blaze markers, didn't see any and the maps we had were not the greatest either. It got to the point where we gave up on the map and just walked along the old dirt roads enjoying our time in the woods / swamp.

hiking
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Not a bad area at all. The power lines and Amtrak line sort of kill the nature vibe if they're close but it's not hard to get away from them. Most of the main trails are actually dirt access roads, but again there are a lot deer trails that intersect them so it's not hard to take a more secluded route. Great place for birding if you're into that.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2012

OK, on orientation: don't go by the Weber book. Go with the Hickox and Heyder Walks in the Watershed. It does a much better job of setting out all of the little side trails you're going to run across. Nothing is blazed. But, since you're right on the Amtrack line, and the power lines bisect the whole preserve, you aren't likely to get seriously lost. Also, if you decide to go all the way out to Worden Pond, you are not looking for an old seaplane hangar. You are looking for a concrete pad where the hangar used to be.

All in all, a delight. No serious uphill climbs. The trail out to Worden is lined with holly trees, something you don't see in Rhode Island every day. The impoundment trail runs parallel to the Pawcatuck. The power lines run through it. A whole bunch of stands for the waterfowl are set up, but I didn't see much that day.

P.S. A moment of silence for Donald Mallett, who was shot by a fellow hunter this week at Rhode Island's Arcadia Management Area. Wear your orange and be careful out there!

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