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Pachaug Trail around Beach Pond Professional Review and Guide
"The blue-blazed Pachaug Trail, a woods trail that wanders for about 30 miles through southwestern Rhode Island into southeastern Connecticut, offers a combination of enticing features: water, views, rock formations, and forest. The portion of the trail that skirts Beach Pond is one of Rhode Island’s most rewarding inland hikes, though also one of the most strenuous. While younger children will have difficulty navigating the rugged terrain, the older ones who are more experienced hikers will delight in the challenging scrambles as the trail winds around the lake. Near hike’s end, they will find renewed energy in their search for the “Lemon Squeezer.”"
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
This trail is a great way to experience some unique landscape while staying within the confines of lower New England. The features described in the map are beautiful and despite the relatively short distance, it's a decent work out. We completed the hike in 3 hours and 40 minutes, presumably because we had no children in tow. I would not recommend this hike for younger children or dogs.
A pleasant hike, especially for the first third of it around Beach Pond and then heading north from the boat launch area. Plenty of rocky terraces to make things interesting. Once the blue blaze hits the road keep to the right and follow the white blazes until you see a smaller dirt road heading off to the left (east) which will bring you eventually to the yellow blazes and back to the parking area. Last part along the dirt roads was nondescript and skirting frozen puddles was the biggest challenge.
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