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    Thompson, Connecticut

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    Johnston, RI
    Explorer | 50 pts
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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.
    Harwich, MA
    Adventurer | 243 pts
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    Fascinating, long trail, mostly easy. Either I'm colorblind or the sign at the entrance near the Reservoir beach has the trail-marking colors backwards. Anyway, the orange blazes show the long, 8 mile loop. That's the one I took. Blazing is almost universally good, and easy to follow. The trail is rocky, root-strewn, but well maintained. There are a few places where newly planted pine saplings have stretched across the trail, but this presents no impediment to speak of. The Aussie sailors have done a good job and the walk, though interminable, is fun. Bring stout boots, though, as there are a lot of pointy rocks in the trail that would be unpleasent in thin-soled shoes.

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    USGS: Thompson, CT
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