Narragansett Trail

Sunrise at the summit of Lantern Hill.
Sunrise at the summit of Lantern Hill. Peter Huoppi/The Day

The Narragansett Trail

Towns: North Stonington CT, Voluntown CT, Hopkinton RI

Directions:

Wintechog Hill Road trailhead: Take I-95N to Exit 92. Left off exit ramp to get on Route 2. A right on Milltown Road will take you around under the Route 2 overpass to get on Wintechog Hill Road. The unmarked trail head will be on your right about a quarter-mile up the road.

Wyassup Lake Road trailhead: Take I-95N to Exit 92. Left off exit ramp to get on Route 2. After two miles, turn right on Main Street and then right on Wyassup Road. After three miles, turn left on Wyassup Lake Road. Parking is available at the boat launch on the right.

Route 49 trailhead: Take I-95N to Exit 92. Left off exit ramp to get on Route 2. Turn right on Route 184, then left on Route 49. In 5.8 miles, First Baptist Church will be on your left and the trailhead will be on your right.

Camp Yawgoog Road trailhead: Take I-95N to Exit 93. Turn left on Route 216. After 1.4 miles continue straight on Denison Hill Road. After five miles, turn right on Green Fall Road. Park at Connecticut/Rhode Island state line.

Ashville Pond trailhead: Take I-95N to Exit 1 in Rhode Island. Turn right on Route 3. Drive 3.4 miles and turn left on Canochet Road. Drive one mile and turn left on Stubtown Road. Drive half a mile, parking area is on the right.

Where to Park: The parking areas at most of the trailheads are small, informal dirt lots.

Description: The Narragansett Trail goes about 22 miles from Lantern Hill in North Stonington to Ashville Pond in Hopkinton, RI. The entire trail could be completed in 12 hours, but there are many opportunities for shorter day hikes along the trail.

After climbing and descending Lantern Hill, the trail goes east to Route 2, then northeast into the Pachaug State Forest. The terrain along the trail is extremely varied. Some portions are flat and well-worn, others are extremely rocky and steep. The trail passes through forests and wetlands, and follows dirt and paved roads for short sections.

The Connecticut portion is blazed with light blue rectangles, while the Rhode Island portion is blazed with yellow rectangles. In Rhode Island, the Narragansett Trail follows a portion of the Camp Yawgoog yellow trail, which is blazed with yellow circles.

Regulations: Portions of the trail are open to motor vehicles and horses. Backpackers wishing to camp at either of the shelters in the Pachaug State Forest must contact the DEEP at least two weeks in advance for a permit.

DEEP Eastern District Office
209 Hebron Rd.
Marlborough, CT 06447
(860) 295-9523

Amenities: None. There may be a portable toilet at the Wyassup Lake boat launch, and composting toilets can be found by taking a slight detour to the camping area at Green Fall Pond.

Natural Features: The summit of Lantern Hill (mile 1) offers sweeping views. Another scenic overlook is found at mile 4, before a beaver pond at mile 5. High Ledge near mile 8 offers a view overlooking Wyassup Lake. A rocky crevice known as the Bear cave is found around mile 9. Miles 15-16 go up the rocky ravine of Green Fall River to Green Fall Pond. Miles 19-22 skirt swamps around Yawgoog Pond and climb up and down through steep rocky hills near Ell Pond and Long Pond.

Good to know: Portions of the trail are open to hunting, so hikers should wear orange during hunting season. The portion of the trail that crosses the Groton Sportsman's Club is closed from October to March.

Fees: None

Owned by: The trail crosses both private and public land. In Connecticut, it is maintained by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. In Rhode Island, it is maintained by the Narragansett Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

More information:

http://www.ctwoodlands.org/trails

http://www.mdc.net/~dbrier/yawgoog/trails/narragansett.html

Miles from Wintechog Hill Rd. Trailhead:

0.7 Lantern Hill Summit (470 feet)

3.4 Route 2

3.9 Scenic overlook

4.9 Beaver pond on Yawbux Brook

6.5 Wyassup Lake

7.7 High Ledge and side trail to Legend Wood Shelter

9.3 Bear Cave

12.9 First Baptist Church/Groton Sportsmen's Club

15.9 Green Fall Pond

17 Side trail to Peg Mill Shelter

18.3 State line marker

22 (approximate) Ashville Pond

A moss-covered rock along the Narragansett Trail in the Pachaug State Forest in North Stonington.
A moss-covered rock along the Narragansett Trail in the Pachaug State Forest in North Stonington. Jenna Cho/The Day
Beaver activity near Yawbux Brook.
Beaver activity near Yawbux Brook. Peter Huoppi/The Day
The view from High Ledge.
The view from High Ledge. Peter Huoppi/The Day
Entering the
Entering the "Bear Cave." Jenna Cho/The Day
Old barbed wire several inches deep in a tree trunk.
Old barbed wire several inches deep in a tree trunk. Peter Huoppi/The Day
The trail follows one of many stone walls through North Stonington.
The trail follows one of many stone walls through North Stonington. Peter Huoppi/The Day
Legendwood Road in North Stonington is one of several paved sections of the Narragansett Trail.
Legendwood Road in North Stonington is one of several paved sections of the Narragansett Trail. Peter Huoppi/The Day
The pond at the Groton Sportsmen's Club.
The pond at the Groton Sportsmen's Club. Jenna Cho/The Day
The ravine at Green Fall River.
The ravine at Green Fall River. Jenna Cho/The Day
Crossing Green Fall River.
Crossing Green Fall River. Peter Huoppi/The Day
Yawgoog Pond in Hopkinton, RI.
Yawgoog Pond in Hopkinton, RI. Jenna Cho/The Day

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