Tucker Pond

South Kingstown, Rhode Island

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This small kettle pond harbors an impressive stand of rosebay rhododendron, the largest member of the heath family. Because the pond has no major inlet, water level varies with rainfall. This is a good place to paddle when the wind blows up big waves on nearby Worden Pond. Tucker Pond, just to the southeast of Worden Pond in southern Rhode Island, has perhaps the most dramatic stand of rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) that we have seen north of the southern Appalachians. This largest member of the heath family—which includes mountain laurel, azalea, blueberry, cranberry, and leatherleaf—covers most of the shoreline. Although we haven’t been here when these 15- to 20-foot-high rhododendrons bloom (typically late June or early July), they ought to be spectacular.

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"This small kettle pond harbors an impressive stand of rosebay rhododendron, the largest member of the heath family. Because the pond has no major inlet, water level varies with rainfall. This is a good place to paddle when the wind blows up big waves on nearby Worden Pond.

Tucker Pond, just to the southeast of Worden Pond in southern Rhode Island, has perhaps the most dramatic stand of rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) that we have seen north of the southern Appalachians. This largest member of the heath family—which includes mountain laurel, azalea, blueberry, cranberry, and leatherleaf—covers most of the shoreline. Although we haven’t been here when these 15- to 20-foot-high rhododendrons bloom (typically late June or early July), they ought to be spectacular."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: South Kingstown
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Camping at Burlingame State Park; walk-in camping, Arcadia Management Area
Local Maps: Connecticut/Rhode Island Atlas & Gazetteer, Map 75: B15, 16; USGS Kingston
Driving Directions: Directions to Tucker Pond

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