Yawgoo Pond Trail, South Kingstown
South Kingstown Land Trust
Also known as Buffum/Cox trail
Description & Overview:
The 1.26 mile Yawgoo Pond Trail takes the hiker by a kettle hole bog, over Mud Brook, and through a grove of stately white pine trees. Yawgoo Trail is also noted for its thick under-story of mountain laurel, especially near the steep banks of the kettle hole, and spectacular views of pristine Yawgoo Pond. The first acquisition in this area by the South Kingstown Land Trust, a 12.04 acre parcel at the south end of Yawgoo Pond, was funded through private donations in February 2001. The second acquisition, in October of 2005 preserved 68.3 acres on the east side of the pond. This project received support from the RIDEM Forest Legacy and Open Space Bond Fund, The Nature Conservancy, the Champlin Foundation, The Bafflin Foundation, and private donations from neighbors. Mountain bikes and motorized vehicles are not allowed.
Hours: Daylight hours, all year
Miles of Trails: 1.7 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: Typical one person footpath.
Trail Rating: Moderate Explanation
Trail Rating Key
Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.
Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.
Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.
Are Dogs Allowed? Yes. Must be on a leash.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? No
Is Hunting Permitted? No
Other Amenities: There is a lovely pond and small beach. Swimming is not permitted, but wading might feel good!
Trailhead Name: Barbers Pond Road trailhead
Driving Landmarks: From Wakefield, take Route 108 north to Route 138. Take a left to go west on Route 138. Continue 3.0 miles to the intersection of Route 2 in West Kingston. Take a right onto Route 2 north. Continue 0.4 miles and exit to the left onto Barbers Pond Road at the state fishing area. Bear right and follow Barbers Pond Road 0.25 mile. The gravel parking area is on left side of road.
From Providence, take Interstate 95 to Route 4 South. Take exit 5B to merge onto Route 102 North: Ten Rod Road towards Exeter. After 1.0 mile, take left onto Route 2 South: South County Trail. Go 6.4 miles and make a right onto Barbers Pond Road at the State fishing area. Bear right and follow Barbers Pond Road 0.25 mile. The gravel parking area is on left side of road.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 6 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? No
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This site report was last updated on January 5, 2015