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Yawgoo Pond Trail Closed

South Kingstown, South Kingstown Land Trust

1.7 miles of trail



Very Easy

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In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.

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This trail is temporarily closed.

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.

South Kingstown Land Trust trail maps web page

Dogs: Yes. Must be on a leash.

Other Amenities: There is a lovely pond and small beach. Swimming is not permitted, but wading might feel good!

Getting There:

Barbers Pond Road Trailhead

Google Maps is the mapping system used on the new ExploreRI maps and shows the trailhead located on a terrain view, a street map or an aerial photograph. Clicking on this link will take you to the full Google Maps website, which is not part of
Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of

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

Coordinates: 41° 30.338' N    71° 33.746' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps


New Trail Map

Submitted by: Ashley; May 23, 2020; 4:26 pm

Looks like they added the "Founders Loop Trail" since the previous map posting. Great hike!




Photo Credit: Ashley

Photo Credit: Ashley

Photo Credit: Ashley

Bear Safety

Submitted by: Bruce; February 24, 2017; 8:58 pm

Please Note: Most experts recommend NOT running if you encounter a bear in the forest! Bears can interpret this as a signal to chase. Instead, if the bear has not seen you, back away slowly and quietly until you've gotten well clear of the bear, then simply walk quietly away, keeping an eye on the bear in case it sees you. If it seems like the bear has seen you, gather together with the other people in your group and make yourself look big by lifting up your arms and waving them slowly. Talk quietly to the bear to let it know that you are not threatening it but also that you are not afraid of it. If the bear is stationary, back away slowly, moving sideways if possible. If the bear charges, stand your ground. If you are hiking with small children, pick them up as soon as you see a bear. More about bear encounter safety

Bear sighting 2-24-2017

Submitted by: Victoria; February 24, 2017; 8:30 pm

Saw a bear today while on the trail. Ran the other way to keep our distance! Stay alert and be safe.

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