The Story of the Yawgoog Trails

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Quick Reference Summary: Connecticut Countryside

IMPORTANT NOTE: The former portion of the Narragansett Trail between Route 49 (Pendleton Hill Road) and Tom Wheeler Road in North Stonington that was on land owned by the Groton Sportsmen's Club has been closed by the Club. The Connecticut Forest and Park Association is working on a reroute.

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 in Connecticut during the state's hunting season. The hunting season starts on September 1 and runs through the end of February. Hunting is prohibited in Yawgoog.

From Ryder Road, the blue blazes of the Narragansett Trail head northeast to immediately climb Cossaduck Hill. The trail eventually descends to a 4-way intersection. Unmarked paths lead right (south) and straight ahead (east), while the blue blazes lead left (north). Within a few yards, the blue markers veer right (northeast).

The trail soon descends to Yawbucs Brook and crosses it 3 times before reaching an unnamed pond. The trail continues northeast near the pond as it tapers off into the brook. Hikers will soon cross the brook, then a dirt road and cross the brook one last time before reaching the boat launch on Wyassup Lake.

The trail follows Wyassup Lake Road northeast very briefly and turns left (north) onto a dirt road at a gate. At a three-way intersection of dirt roads, veer right (northeast). The trail's footpath soon leaves the dirt road by turning left (north), then crosses a stream and a right-of-way for a fiber optic cable. Hikers will soon climb High Ledge, then descend to cross a stream in a ravine. The trail turns right (east) onto the dirt Legendwood Road. After passing a deteriorated, stone-lined foundation hole of an old homestead off to the right (east), the road soon arrives at a three-way intersection of dirt roads; the trail turns left (northwest) onto a road that descends to the base of a rock outcrop called Bullet Ledge. The trail briefly leaves the road by veering left (west) and climbing the ledge, passing Bear Cave along the way; hikers should be aware that black bears have returned to Connecticut and Rhode Island, so there is a possibility that the cave could be inhabited. The route then descends to meet the road again at a three-way intersection of dirt roads. The trail follows the road straight ahead (east) and then quickly veers left (north) from the dirt road onto a footpath. The footpath parallels a very long rock formation, seen to the left (northwest). After walking among stone walls, the footpath reaches another intersection of dirt roads, near two foundation holes.

From the intersection the trail/road goes east and quickly bends left (north). After a few yards, the trail leaves the road by turning sharply to the right (southeast). The trail meanders through the forest, turning north, then east, then south, and following Myron Kinney Brook upstream. The trail climbs Pendleton Hill to an intersection with a dirt road near a private cabin, turning right (south) onto the road. The blue blazes follow on or near the dirt road until a three-way intersection of dirt roads is reached. The trail follows Legendwood Road left (east) into a residential area at the intersection with Johnson Road. The trail, on the now paved road, veers right (east) to meet Route 49 (Pendleton Hill Road). The trail turns right (southeast) onto Route 49. Please walk carefully in single-file on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The former portion of the Narragansett Trail between Route 49 (Pendleton Hill Road) and Tom Wheeler Road in North Stonington that was on land owned by the Groton Sportsmen's Club has been closed by the Club. The Connecticut Forest and Park Association is working on a reroute.

The footpath veers east from Tom Wheeler Road. The trail crosses a stream, descends a rock formation and then crosses an intermittent stream 3 times. The trail crosses one more stream before reaching Green Fall Road. The trail turns right (northeast) onto the road, which descends to Green Fall River. At this point, the blue blazes of the Narragansett Trail leave the road by turning left (north) and following the river upstream to Green Fall Pond. This hike, however, continues east on the road to camp; please walk single-file on the left side of the road.

Green Fall Road crosses Peg Mill Brook, then rises to meet Denison Hill Road (also known as Laurel Glen Road and Laurel Hill Road), which enters from the right (south). Continuing northeast on Green Fall Road from the intersection with Denison Hill Road, the hike finally returns to Camp Yawgoog at the Rhode Island-Connecticut border -- the start of the Blue Trail, which overlaps the Narragansett Trail. Metcalf Lodge is farther east down the road.

For the full description of this hike and driving directions, please see Connecticut Countryside.

 

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