The Story of the Yawgoog Trails


Quick Reference Summary: The Beachgoer

Total distance: 11.2 miles (18.1 kilometers)
Total hiking time: approximately 4.5 to 6.5 hours

Caution: Hikers should be very careful, by wearing at least 400 square inches (2,580 square centimeters) of blaze orange material, such as a vest, when hiking this route during hunting season. The Connecticut hunting season starts on September 1 and runs through the end of February. The Rhode Island hunting season starts on the second Saturday in September and runs through the end of February. Orange is also required in Rhode Island from the third Saturday in April through May 31. In Connecticut, the hunting season starts on September 1 and runs through the end of February. Hunting is prohibited in Camp Yawgoog.

This trail continues left (northwest) from the juncture of the Narragansett and Tippecansett trails (after leaving Dinosaur Cliffs and Caves) and arrives at a fork next to a stream and plank bridge in just over 3.5 minutes. The side-trail to the right (north) leads to Green Fall Marsh and some caves. These caves will be reached in almost 2.5 minutes while the end of the path will be reached almost two minutes later.

Back at the fork, the AMC Narragansett Trail continues across the stream. It reaches an old fireplace in about 1.5 minutes, crosses an intermittent stream, and then meets the site of the old Thomas Mill and sluice -- about 0.5 mile (0.8 kilometer) after the plank bridge, requiring about 9.5 minutes, total. A shelter and fireplace are near the mill.

After leaving the mill, the trail comes upon an intersection with a dirt road is just over four minutes. The road left (south) takes hikers to a curved dam/levee, away from the public beach. The right-hand (north) leg of the road leads to a juncture where the Narragansett Trail branches off to the left (west), about a one minute walk from the intersection.

After crossing the Green Fall River, the trail comes upon yet another crossroads of trails in just 2.5 minutes. To the left (southeast), the Narragansett Trail, marked in solid blue, follows the shore of the pond to the dam. Leading to the beach, the right-hand (northwestern) trail, marked with red dots on blue rectangles (the Pachaug/Narragansett Crossover), heads to a road in six minutes. By turning left (southwest) on this road and crossing the gate, hikers will pass a small parking area and trail to the left and arrive at the beach in two minutes, after crossing two streams. The Pachaug Trail (in solid blue blazes) leads north from the spot where the crossover meets the road; the Pachaug Trail soon passes through a narrow rock split.

After the split, the trail crosses a stream and later reaches a three-way intersection with a wider bike path on a rock ledge, about 20 minutes after leaving the split rock. Proceed left (north) at this first intersection to a second three-way intersection of dirt roads a few feet away. Bear right (northeast) and follow the road until the Pachaug Trail leaves it by turning right (northeast), in about 3 or 4 minutes. Route 138 is reached about half an hour after leaving the dirt road.

After carefully crossing Route 138, hikers will cross a stream bed and arrive at an intersection with a dirt road, in about 4-5 minutes; turn right (east) and keep an eye on the blue trail markers. In about 2 minutes, as the road bends to the right (southeast), the trail abruptly leaves the road by heading left (east) and crosses a stream.

The route climbs to meet a grassy road. To the right (southeast), is a Pachaug-Tippecansett Crossover, marked in red-on-blue blazes; the crossover meets the yellow-blazed Tippecansett Trail at the Rhode Island-Connecticut border in 0.6 mile (1 kilometer). The solid blue blazes of the Pachaug Trail head left (northwest) from the intersection and soon reach another intersection; bear right (northeast). The trail enters a muddy area damaged by vehicles, then crosses a stream.

About 10 minutes after the stream, the trail meets a dirt road a few yards from Route 165. Proceed to Route 165 and cross it very carefully, turning right (southeast). Walking single file on the left side, facing oncoming traffic, walk downhill toward Beach Pond. Hikers will soon be able to walk behind the guard rail, then use the sidewalk after entering Rhode Island. The Pachaug Trail meets the yellow-blazed Tippecansett Trail at the former swimming area at Beach Pond. The Beachgoer route returns to Camp Yawgoog by crossing Route 165 and following the Tippecansett Trail, the Galkin Trail and then the White Trail to the Sandy Beach dining hall; hikers should review the quick reference summaries for these trails. The hike ends at the Sandy Beach waterfront.

For the full description of this hike, please see The Beachgoer.


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