Vin Gormley Trail and Kimball Wildlife Refuge

Charlestown, Rhode Island 2813

Vin Gormley Trail and Kimball Wildlife Refuge

Vin Gormley Trail and Kimball Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

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"A long woodland hike with a side trip into a wildlife refuge. This hike runs through the Burlingame Management Area, a 3,100-acre park first opened in 1934, and the Kimball Wildlife Refuge, one of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s protected areas.

The complete Vin Gormley Trail is an 8.0-mile loop around all of Wautchaug Pond in Burlingame and includes more than 2 miles of walking on paved roads with narrow shoulders. This trip includes a substantial portion of the yellow-blazed Vin Gormley Trail but skips most of the blacktop and tacks on a side ramble into the 29-acre Kimball Wildlife Refuge."

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Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
George and Rhonda Ostertag
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Charlestown
Nearby City
9.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Year-round; best spring through fall
Season
Burlington Management Area
Local Contacts
USGS Carolina
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018