George Washington Management Area, Walkabout Trail

Glocester, Rhode Island 2814

George Washington Management Area, Walkabout Trail

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"In northwest Rhode Island, this extensive management area incorporates George Washington Memorial State Forest and the adjoining Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park. It holds a color-coded trail system, with the Walkabout Trail and Angell Loop (to an Indian grave) being prized examples.

The featured Walkabout Trail leads you through lakeshore, woodland, and wetland settings and offers solitude and wildlife discovery. It gives nod to the aboriginal concept of walking for the sake of walking. The trail’s interlocking colored links allow you to customize hike length."

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Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Christie Matheson
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"A long, mostly flat ride on dirt roads and trails. The main hiking trail of the George Washington Management Area, the Walkabout Trail, is not meant for bikers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t good riding in the area. If you’re looking for a pretty ride passing through a variety of terrain with plenty of opportunities to observe unique flora, this fits the bill. This ride begins in the southern section of the management area, at Glocester in the George Washington Memorial State Forest, and goes north into Burrillville and the Pulaski Memorial State Forest in the northern section of the management area. Along the aptly named Border Trail, the route passes briefly across the state line into Connecticut." Read more

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10/3/2009
We went to spend labor day at the campground. Knowing how crowded it was going to be, we decided to go on a Thursday after work and stay through Friday (it was actually the only two days available that weekend!). This was our first camping, so we very very exited. We found the campgrounds to be very nice each one kind of isolated, with a place to park the car, a pin-nic table and a fire-pit. We were on spot #1, and even then, we felt pretty away from the crowd. We hiked around the Pond and did the Orange Trail and walk to Pulaski Park.
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11/12/2007
I chose the orange (long) route and it lives up to its name. For the most part, the trails are well blazed, although there are places, especially in the northernmost sections, where it is relatively easy to get off the trail. There are also places, especially where new trees are being planted, where trail maintenance needs a bit of attention as sapling pines spread across the trail and have to be pushed aside. I enjoyed the loop but next time will wear better boots and two extra pair of socks to avoid stress on the arches and insteps. If you are coming west from southern Mass., I'd avoid the Providence area entirely and approach Rte. 44 via I-495 to 95S to I295
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1/16/2007
Many, if not all, of the hiking trails at George Washington Management Area are open to bikes. The only limiting factor being the individual bikers ability and tolerance for sections that may approach unrideability in certain weather conditions. The dirt roads are dirt roads, just like dire roads everywhere. The trails are rocky and tight. Many are part of the three loops of the Walkabout Trail but there are many others in the area. There are some short steep sections but the main challenge is rocks and some boggy areas that can suck a front wheel in above the axle. If you are willing to portage those sections the effort will prove worth your while. George Washington Management Area is a terrific place to ride and who knows, you may learn a trick or two.
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1/12/2002
This place is great. There are trails for all ability levels. You can hike on trails as short as 2 miles or you could hike all day if you wanted to. There is a beach that never gets too crowded. You can also camp here during the summer.
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Trail Information

Glocester
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.0
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
5-6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
George Washington Management Area, 2185 Putnam Pike, Chepachet 02814; (401) 568-2085; www.riparks.com
Local Contacts
George Washington Management Area topographical map (available online at www.dem.ri.gov/maps/wma.htm); partial trail map (www.riparks.com)
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Dec 2018