Summary: This is a nice, easy hike to start you journey along the North South Trail in RI. We started this trail with about fifteen boys on their first hike and had no problems. Not as scenic as many of the other hikes along the North South, and some time on both paved and dirt roads, but a few pleasant surprises. Nice covered bridge maintained by the AMC in the middle - far from anywhere. Crystal brook which provides ice cold relief - don't forget your filter! A combination of the map included here and the guidebook "The North South Trail" by Cliff Vanover made this entire trek a success!
Trailhead: Start at Charlestown Town Beach in Charlestown, RI. Get there by heading south on Route 1 (Post Road) from Route 112. Just shy of 4.5 miles, there is a jug-handle marked "All Turns West Beach Road East Beach Road" on the right. Turn here to head back north on Route 1. After passing through the light to head north, proceed about a half mile. East Beach road is on the right. Follow it to the end where there is parking at the beach. (Lat:41.34141 Lon:-71.69385)
Trail Guides for North South Trail - Charlestown:
The North South Trail
by Cliff Vanover (Great Swamp Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area - (401) 789-7481
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Robinson. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Ed on 10/9/2007
I prefer to camp while I hike this trail. Since camping on the N/S Trail is prohibited (except for one small spot) and the Charlestown/Richmond section has nearby camping only at the beginning, this portion isn't my favorite. However, for a day hike, this is quite enjoyable. Too many people complain about the paved sections of the N/S Trail, but I don't mind them. There is still plenty of history to be seen along many of the paved roads. Make sure you prepare yourself (physically and with supplies) if you plan on hiking the entire trail. If you do this you will really enjoy your hike. I hiked the entire trail this year and plan to do it again in 2008. Get Vanover's book if it is your first time. I found it invaluable my first tim
Reviewed by Jason Newman on 4/16/2004
The N/S Trail is a great hike or makes for several great hikes being 70 miles long. I've done a few different parts of this trail, Arcadia/Stepping stone, Buck Hill and Nicholas mgmt area. When the weather dries up a bit I plan to section hike the whole trail.
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