Explore the most popular trails near North Stonington with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.



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2 months ago

The trail was marked very well, but it wasn’t very scenic.

2 months ago

Great variety of ups and downs. Roots and rocks offer balance challenges. Great view from the overlook.

Parked next to the second opening. Overcast and humid day, buggy due to the slower moving/standing water. I'm 27 and did the hike with my 57 year old mom; we both enjoy the scenery and challenge.

We walk this regularly with our dogs. Hills are steep but the rest of the trail is mild. One of my favorite area trails.

3 months ago

Short, easy hike with a beautiful view of Foxwoods. We wandered around and took part of the other trail as well.

4 months ago

It’s not very long so it’s an easy way to combine a hike with lunch/dinner at the casino.

4 months ago

Great quick hike just a few minutes away from Foxwoods!

8 months ago

Signage at the North Stonington Transfer station still indicates the trail between Wintechog Rd and Rt 2 is still closed. Attempted anyways however had to quickly turn back since all trees with the blue blaze are removed and no sign of the trail exists. Instead parked at Ryder Rd and did the portion to Wyassup Lake and back. Trail is starting to become overgrown and the blue blazes are faded and hard to see.

Did the mid section from Ryder road to Legend Wood Road junction, 4.6 miles. Very scenic. The section south of Wtassup Lake had numerous trees down over the trail making it hard to follow in places. Just north of the Lake was recently cleared and had some great vistas and bluffs.

9 months ago

Great views near Lantern Hill. Its not well marked about 1.5 miles beyond Lantern Hill and there's some construction over the trail. If i went the right way, there was a decent portion overgrown with brambles and had to bushwack to find the trail further down. 85% of the trail is well marked and clear. Overall good views and pretty with a good mix of varying terrain. Unless you want a 20 mile hike you'll need a buddy or someone to drop off on one end and park on the other. There definitely were a lot of ticks, long pants were a must.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Trail was extremely overgrown poorly marked and filled with ticks, HIKE WITH CAUTION, 25JUN17

Sunday, May 21, 2017

There are a lot of spots in the trail where you cross a brook or stream and only one of them has a foot bridge. You will have to hop from rock to rock otherwise to cross. A lot of inclined hiking with some loose rocks and a lot of roots in the trail. A few spots with some great views and a lot of interesting plant and animal life. Really great rock formations along the whole trail and the stream is a big feature.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Part of a longer blue blazed trail

mountain biking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great little ride. Took my mtn bike. Some rocky parts but mostly smooth. Make sure you take a photo of map before starting as there is an expansive number of trails in that area.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hannah trinque is beautiful

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Friday, March 10, 2017

An unplanned hike on 03/08/2017. Parked at boat launch on a wet and gray morning. Soon the sun broke through and temps soared into the upper 50s. Turned out to be a beautiful day on a nice trail. Will be returning.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

beautiful trails. stunning views

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Such beautiful views!!

trail running
Friday, July 15, 2016

Did an out and back of the first mile for my first real trail run, and it was pretty intense for a run like that. Can't wait for better weather to get some more time in on this trail.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jeep road is overgrown and closed. Couldn't get to the trail

Saturday, July 09, 2016

One of my favorite trails in north stonington. It's beautiful in the fall.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The High Ridge Plateau aka Mt. Leland is probably my favorite hike in North Stonington. It's about a 45 minute hike from wyassup lake to bear cave.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nice well marked trail. Part of the trail was used by ATV and dirt bike if that bothers you. If not, some nice views.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

I did this hike today (3/13/16). A beautiful day with temps in the 50's. Very nice set of trails. I parked at the boat launch lot at Lake Wyassup and walked the short distance up the road to the start of this section of the blue blazed trail. I hiked about 8.5 miles (some meandering included) by following the blue blazed trail past the High Ledges and Bullet Ledges and then followed it north and then looped south until it again intersected for the second time with Ledgen Wood Road. Instead of heading east (left) to stay on the blue blazed trail I went west (right) on the dirt/wood road until it intersected back where I originally crossed the road when I was heading north. I then backtracked south back on the blue blazes over the High Ledges and back to the start. I only saw one other hiker but did hear some dirt bikes at one point in the distance. Some the wood road sections are open to ATVs and Dirt Bikes.

Overall a great hike with some relatively challenging areas at the High and Bullett Ledges.

I look forward to further exploring this area. The Great Swamp Press map of Pachaug State Forest is a great map to have for this entire area both north and south of 138/165.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Great trail. I would agree with what others have said. It is easy to overlook what we have in our back yard here in SE New England, and drive by it on our way to VT and NH. Legend Wood shelter is up on top of a hill with nice views, but if you look at the topo, there is no water source nearby. We had to go to the swamp. I have a nice filter and the water looks good (for a swamp), but I would rather not drink swamp water. So, bring a lot of water, or choose a campsite that has a stream. It is a shame, because I think it is best to concentrate the camping impact in a small area, and not spread it around. It is too bad they chose to locate the site away from water. Some motorized vehicle use in the area, makes it a little more accessible to people who consider three cases of beer a camping necessity.
One of the maps put out by the DEP shows a spur trail off of the trail to the site heading east towards the Narragansett Trail. I could not find that trail, so we had to go around. It is tempting to bushwhack it, but it is really ledgy (if that is a word).

Monday, May 19, 2014

For me, this trail was almost perfect. There are challenging hills and terrain in some sections, but easy to manage terrain in others. The trail was clearly marked the entire trail. The only thing that made this not be perfect was that certain sections combine with a dirtbike/atv trail which makes me nervous when i'm out there with my dog. This past weekend when I hiked this, I didn't see a single person on the trail which is the way I like it. Peaceful, and quiet enough to hear the birds and other forest activity. A great hike if you are not looking for something wicked challenging.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

One way to take in Wyassup Lake is by doing the blue-blazed Narragansett Trail in sections. At this writing the lake has been drawn down in order to repair the dam; work is expected to be completed in late September or early October of 2012.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Narragansett Trail offers great views and different environments! The entire trail is a 20-mile option for Boy Scouts earning the Hiking Merit Badge.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Just hiked the Narragansett Trail today. It's about a 4.5 mile loop along the RI / CT border. It's a challenging hike with a large rock outcropping, picturesque landscape, and a magnificent hike through a ravine. There are some areas where you will need to have bouldering and water crossings skills. There are sections in the ravine where the trail is narrow with 8 to 12 foot drops into the rocky brook below. I highly recommend for anyone that is confident in their hiking and bouldering skills. This is not the type of trail to go on if you are new to hiking or have vertigo.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I'm in accord with earlier reviewers -- you need to find a more interesting way to go about this hike, and you can find it in Hickox and Heyder's Walks in the Watershed. Their route starts you on Narragansett Trail near the Pendleton Church. Following their map, I went to Bullet Ledges, then onward to High Ledges, then finally to Lake Wyassup. Be prepared for numerous, steep ascents! Also, you will be sharing with ATVs at a number of points, especially on the road.

Because I hate backtracking so much, and because I wanted to get a better feel for other side trails on the Pachaug Forest map, I took the Wyassup Lake Road back to loop back to my start point. While road hikes generally aren't as much fun, this trip was interesting for the sheer number of old cellar holes that show that this area was once largely farmland.

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