Shumunkanuc Road Trail to Watchaug Pond

EASY 21 reviews

Shumunkanuc Road Trail to Watchaug Pond is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Charlestown, Rhode Island that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

3.3 miles
183 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Very short out and back hike with scenic views and brook crossings. Though short, this little hike is a great "get-in-touch-with nature" break from a busy day. It features several small brook crossings, wear your gortex shoes/boots. It is doubtful that they may be there mid-summer, though. Birds abound and there is evidence along the trail of skunks, raccoons and deer. The trail passes through hardwood and pine woodlands. The flora is beautiful. The trail is unmarked and appears to be relatively abandoned. Beyond the fork in the trail, a yellow marked trail joins and crosses the one your on. After the short joining, at the next trail intersection, leave the yellow trail and continue straight on an old dried up stream bed. Look off the trail to find old granite stone cutting sites among the piles of boulders and small ledges. Bring your bathing suit, the trail ends on the shore of Watchaug Pond. There is a small sandy area there to welcome swimmers. There is also a stone fire ring if you'd like to cook out. Very tranquil.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

dog friendly ending at the pond for a nice view.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Really nice trails , not too strenuous , very nice hike

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A bit confusing but managed the way

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Wife, 5yr old and I had a great time although it can be a bit much for the toddlers. Trails were a bit wet from the melting snow so if you are going during a wet period, dress appropriately. There were markers about half way into the hike so it can be a tad tricky navigating. Will go again!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My favorite short hike. You do need to pay attention to all the paths that criss cross. I have gotten lost a couple of times until I became familiar with the trails. I love adding to the cairns that are all over.

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