The Story of the Yawgoog Trails


Quick Reference Summary: Yellow Trail

Total distance: 1.76 miles (2.83 kilometers)
Total hiking time: approximately 1 hour

Caution: Swimming and wading are prohibited in Yawgoog Scout Reservation, except by authorized personnel at designated locations. Yawgoog Pond is patrolled by motorboat.

The Yellow Trail begins about 0.5 mile (0.8 kilometer) west of the Sandy Beach dining hall on Camp Yawgoog Road. It initially heads southwest, reaching a side-trail (east) to Pickerel Cove within five minutes-about 0.25 mile (0.4 kilometer) from the start of the trail; Pioneer Caves follow on the main trail about two minutes later. Leaving the caves, the trail passes by a side-trail, marked with double yellow blazes, to the Deer Cove campsite in 3.5 minutes, followed by the side-trail to Hemlock Ledge three minutes later; both side-trails are to the left (east).

Just after Hemlock Ledge, the Green Trail will be to the right (southwest) while the Yellow Trail heads southeast. The Davis Site side-trail, marked with double yellow blazes, is reached about five minutes after leaving Hemlock Ledge. This side trail passes through Davis Site and reconnects with the main trail. Hikers, when near the Davis site, should remember that the main trail bears right when coming from Hemlock Ledge. If approaching from the opposite direction (from Blueberry Swamp) the main trail bears left. Continuing southeast, the trail crosses a footbridge at Blueberry Swamp and arrives at a fork in the trail.

The fork's left-hand path is the main trail and it climbs eastward to Cooning Orchard. The right-hand path climbs toward the south to Hill 407 -- the site of Fort Hilton; a connector to the Green Trail can be found at the top of the hill. From Fort Hilton and heading eastward, the yellow side-trail goes down the road to Cooning Orchard.

Several trails meet at Cooning Orchard. Entering from the northwest (from Blueberry Swamp) is the main Yellow Trail, while the side-trail from Hill 407 comes from the west. A connector to the Red Trail, a part of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Narragansett Trail (also marked in yellow), leads off to the southeast. The main Yellow Trail leaves the orchard on a dirt road (the Lumber Road) to the east and back to camp. The Aline Buxton Trail, another side-trail marked with double yellow blazes, ventures off to the northeast; it visits Ghost Pond, Altar Rock, and Devil's Slide -- taking just over six minutes to hike.

Staying on the main trail (Lumber Road), the traveler will leave the Orchard and pass by Ghost Pond on the left; the pond is followed by the juncture with the Aline Buxton Trail. Lucie's Carpet, a long rock ledge composing part of the road, will be walked upon almost 1.5 minutes after the juncture of these trails. Taking a sharp descent near large boulders, known as Giant's Chairs, the trail arrives at Campsite Donald C. Dewing. After leaving the dam of Yawgoog Pond, the Yellow Trail ends at the Three Point dining hall.

Note: Horses are prohibited in Camp Yawgoog. If horse riders, hoof prints or feces are observed on trails, please contact Narragansett Council. More information is available.

For the full description of this hike, please see the Yellow Trail.


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