Tillinghast Pond Loop

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Tillinghast Pond Loop is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near West Greenwich, Rhode Island that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

wildlife

bugs

The trail circles Tillinghast Pond, with spectacular, long views across the water. The white-blazed Tillinghast Pond Loop alternates between forest and field, with a half-dozen or more spots to pause and look out over the pond. Leaving from the north end of the parking lot, the trail winds quietly among towering white pines, almost immediately leaving the rest of the world behind. Before long, the pond appears on the right, below, as the trail follows the spine of a small glacial esker. At the end of the ridge, the trail switches back sharply to the left; a spur trail to the right provides an even better view. Here, the trail overlaps with Plain Road for about a tenth of a mile, before cutting back to the right at the corner of a hayfield. This next segment of trail generally winds between the hayfields and the pond's edge, passing a bench at Howard's Rest, crossing a small stream, and leading to an observation platform. The platform is somewhat obscured from the trail, but don't miss it! Step out over the pond, and you'll swear you're in Maine rather than 40 minutes from Providence. Departing the platform and turning right, hikers leave the hayfields behind, and follow and up-and-down path through the forest for the next half-mile or so. Near the northeast corner of Tillinghast Pond, a bog bridge carries the trail over a low drainage area, where ash trees dominate instead of oak and pine. The second half of the loop is fairly straightforward, but two more scenic spots await: one seems to provide a last look at the pond from the bottom of a hill, but there is another lovely overlook coming up on the east side of the pond, down a short side trail. Along the way, there are two junctions with the Flintlock Trail, which explores the open woods to the east of Tillinghast Pond. The Pond Loop concludes with some of the largest white pines in the area, before returning to parking lot kiosk.

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hiking
21 days ago

Easy, great views

1 month ago

1 month ago

easy walk. pleasant! !!

trail running
1 month ago

super fun and easy trail for a run. wide clearly marked paths

2 months ago

Its very pretty. Can be very busy on the weekends and since it connects to so many other paths (Coney, Wickaboxet) it can be as long or short as you want. The parking lot is nice and has an eco friendly bathroom though Id bring toilet paper just in case. Usually pretty clean. Lots of places to sit and take in some scenic spots if you need/want to.

3 months ago

3 months ago

It's a beautiful trail, but I'll say the bugs almost ruined the experience for me. The pup and I were running for our lives!

hiking
3 months ago

Toilet at trailhead. Multiple trail options with varying lengths. Very well maintained trail and clearly marked. Numerous lookout points to stop and sit with benches. Skirts along private fields, make sure to wear bug spray.

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5 months ago

Quiet and enjoyable trail that was well maintained. Bathroom on site is a huge plus!

8 months ago

Great hiking. Even in the snow. New signs and history plaques. Well maintained.