Walkabout Trail

Thompson, Connecticut 6277

Walkabout Trail

Walkabout Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Walkabout Trail was created in 1965 by more than 300 Australian soldiers. These young men found themselves in Rhode Island with little to do for more than a month until the destroyers their country had purchased were ready to ship off and head “Down Under.” The state's Division of Forestry asked the Aussies if they were interested in helping develop the 3489-acre George Washington Management Area."

Walkabout Trail Reviews

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A fun 8 mile loop that you can shorten if you'd like. There's a campground at the trailhead & a hiker's shelter near the beginning of the trail at the far end of the campground (not sure why they chose to put it there, but hey, better than none at all I guess). The first leg hugs the lake shore. After that, it's windy & sometimes boggy trails through rhododendron & mountain laurel & pine...lots of cool mushrooms. I hiked this with my 10 year old daughter. The highlight was Hemlock Grove -don't skip that part. After Hemlock Grove though, if you want to shorten the hike, go right a head & take the central equestrian trail/gravel rd back to the campground. Actually, if it has been raining, I recommend taking the shortcut. The trail after Hemlock Grove gets less & less scenic, and more & more boggy...plenty of puddles and bogs if there's been much rain. So, you're not missing much by taking the shortcut, unless you like wet feet. One bog was kinda' cool looking toward the end of the loop, but IMO wasn't worth the extra distance.

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5 hours
USGS: Thompson, CT
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Sep 2018