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Walkabout Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Walkabout Trail (in Burrillville and Gloucester), with its 2-, 6-, and 8-mile options, is a good first family hike. The trail markers are bright and easy to follow and the route is level, though rocky and damp in places. If you hike in late summer, the trail will be less muddy, and you can end the day with a swim in Bowdish Reservoir. A plaque imbedded in a rock near the park office tells the story of the Australian sailors who blazed the trail twenty-five years ago, naming it “walkabout” in reference to the aborigines who wander the Australian countryside."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
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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