Great Swamp Management Area

West Kingston, Rhode Island 2892

Great Swamp Management Area

Great Swamp Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"This relaxing loop on woods roads travels through upland and wet-footed woods, past fields, and alongside open and vegetated waters—the habitats of pond turtle and croaking frog, patrolling kingfisher and dive-bombing osprey. Covering nearly 3,400 acres, with a 138-acre impound, Great Swamp is one of the most extensive freshwater swamps in the region. Spring migration swells bird counts and species sightings.

Following the management road south, you don’t have to walk far before you see the wet-footed forest and undergrowth. Snags pierce the thicket, and power lines open views. You may pause to observe the lily pad–capped black-water pools, aquatic mammal scent mounds, and sunning baby turtles, or listen to the screech of a fish hawk. The travel corridor alternates between partial shade and sun exposure, and the marsh visuals are richly textured and colored."

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Trail Information

West Kingston
Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
2.5-3 hours
Great Swamp Management Area, 277 Great Neck Rd., West Kingston 02891; (401) 789-7481. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Parks and Recreation, 2321 Hartford Ave., Johnston 02919; (401) 222-2632;
Local Contacts
State management area map (available online at
Local Maps