Long Pond Woods
Canonchet Road, Hopkinton
Long Pond Woods is the most difficult hike on this site. But huge rock outcroppings, majestic hemlock trees, and one of the most spectacular views in the state more than make up for all of the huffing and puffing you’ll do along the way. I prefer to park at the Long Pond Fishing Area on Canonchet Road and follow the yellow blazed trail (it splits almost immediately, be sure to take the branch to your right). About 0.9 mile into the hike, after passing large boulders, stone walls, and climbing up a steep incline between two massive rock walls, you’ll reach a clearing. At this point, the yellow trail continues to your left, but you’ll want to take the unmarked trail straight ahead of you towards Long Pond. Walk to a large rock outcrop, take the safe route around the left, and make your way up to the top for the most beautiful view. Rest here as long as you can; few spots in RI are as scenic as this one. In fact, the view was used in the movie Moonrise Kingdom.
Length: 2.2 miles (you can shorten this hike by turning around at any point)
Difficulty: very challenging for kids
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home
You might want to bring: extra snacks and water
Note: This very rocky, steep trail is not for the very young or inexperienced hikers. You will, at times, have to use your hands to maintain your balance. This hike will also take longer than you think.
Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the Long Pond Woods website.
Get directions or follow ours: From Route 95, take exit 3B to merge onto Route 138 W/Main St toward Hope Valley. Travel for 1.6 miles and make a right onto Spring Street. Continue for 2.8 mi and turn left onto Wincheck Pond Rd. Take the first left onto Canonchet Rd and bear left at the next two intersections to stay on Canonchet Rd. The parking area is 1.2 miles on your right.