Shumunkanuc Road Trail to Watchaug Pond

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Burlingame Management Area

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.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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wildlife

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.

hiking
4 days ago

The out & back trail is nice & easy, not overgrown down to the pond, on the way back we took a detour that reconnects you to the original trail which was a lesser hiked trail. Very nice trail walking along ridge rock, this section was very enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail but not very well marked. a lot of roots! The end is the pond which is very nice! Be sure to check the app to be sure you are still on the right path! Its a lot of UP HILL ON THE WAY BACK!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail overall. Fun place to bring the dog for a quick swim!

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rocky
9 months ago

good fairly easy

hiking
Sun Feb 10 2019

We walked this trail with an infant in a hiking backpack in February and it was great. Well maintained, easy walking and very pretty. It looks like some spots will be muddy in warmer tempuratures.

Sun Mar 13 2016

dog friendly ending at the pond for a nice view.

hiking
Sat Sep 19 2015

Really nice trails , not too strenuous , very nice hike

hiking
Sat Jun 27 2015

A bit confusing but managed the way

walking
Sun Mar 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!

hiking
Sat Feb 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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