Vin Gormley Trail

Charlestown, Rhode Island

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This “yellow trail” circuit travels the outlying forest, wetland, and rock habitat enfolding Watchaug Pond, with views of the pond reserved for the hike’s end. As you follow this loop, you will travel on public roadway before surrendering to trail. Points of interest include Burlingame State Park and Kimball Wildlife Refuge, a property of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. In places the state’s North–South through-trail, blazed in blue, shares the way. Named for John Vincent Gormley, a dedicated trail-smith, this 8.5-mile hiker circuit offers a relaxing woodland stroll at the outskirts of Watchaug Pond. Mixed woodland, bog, and brook settings host travel. Flowering shrubs recommend spring passage. Yellow paint and plastic cards blaze the route, with the occasional distance marker to cheer you on.
Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island

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Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island

by George and Rhonda Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

This “yellow trail” circuit travels the outlying forest, wetland, and rock habitat enfolding Watchaug Pond, with views of the pond reserved for the hike’s end. As you follow this loop, you will travel on public roadway before surrendering to trail. Points of interest include Burlingame State Park and Kimball Wildlife Refuge, a property of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. In places the state’s North–South through-trail, blazed in blue, shares the way.

Named for John Vincent Gormley, a dedicated trail-smith, this 8.5-mile hiker circuit offers a relaxing woodland stroll at the outskirts of Watchaug Pond. Mixed woodland, bog, and brook settings host travel. Flowering shrubs recommend spring passage. Yellow paint and plastic cards blaze the route, with the occasional distance marker to cheer you on.

© 2013 George and Rhonda Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charlestown
Distance: 8.5
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 5-7 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Burlingame State Park, Sanctuary Road, Charlestown 02813; (401) 3228910; www.riparks.com
Local Maps: Vin Gormley Trail map, available at the fee station or at the campground office (west of Prosser Trail off US 1)
Driving Directions: Directions to Vin Gormley Trail

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