Great Swamp Management Area

Great Swamp Management Area near Kingston, RI

This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
Mountain Biking, Hiking, Canoeing, Snowshoeing
Kingston, RI
User EMS Cranston

Great Swamp Trail Bike Tour:

This is a 6 mile loop trail that travels through woodlands and circumnavigates a large wetland. There are optional inner loops and a side spur trail that leads to Worden Pond. Worden Pond happens to be the largest natural lake in the state and the site of a World War II-era airplane hangar.

It's an easy mountain bike ride on flat, wide roads that turn into double-track trails along the way. Tall trees provide shade along the road at the start. In the spring (the best time for bird watching), you are sure to be serenaded by a chorus of songbirds along the route. When you arrive at the marsh waterfowl, ospreys, and swallows do the lead vocals.

To explore the "Great Swamp Trail," take the right fork at just under a half mile from the starting point and then fork right again. Follow the trail as it traces the western shoreline of the marsh. At the next major junction, you can either take the left fork for a shorter ride back to the trailhead or bike onwards to complete the "Great Swamp Trail" mountain bike journey.

To continue, take the right fork and remain on this path until you reach a three-way junction. Turn right onto a path that travels through an area dotted with large boulders and low ledges. In less than 1/2 mile the trail ends at an old seaplane hangar at the edge of Worden Pond.

The view is fantastic so do take the time to look over the hangar and the shallow 1,000-acre pond. Reeds flourish along the shoreline. The shallow water and silted bottom of Worden Pond promote heavy weed growth. According to the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife, this weed growth makes an excellent fish nursery. Baitfishes are plentiful and the bass population is healthy. The chances are good that you'll also see some ducks, swans or other waterfowl. You may also spot chewed-off saplings, tell-tale signs of beaver presence in recent years. When you are ready, head back to the three way junction. You can either fork right to head back to the trailhead or continue to explore other paths.


Take exit 3A on I-95 to RI. 138 east to the village of West Kingston. Turn west onto Liberty Lane (signed for Great swamp Management Area) and follow the road to its end at a railroad track. Turn left onto a gravel road for a mile, past the office and park in the lot by the gate.


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