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Walkabout Trail
Putnam Pike, Glocester


Lake_sqBuilt by Australian sailors of HMAS Perth, the Walkabout Trail offers three loops through the George Washington State Campground and Management Area. There’s the 2-mile blue trail, the 6-mile red trail, and the 8-mile orange trail.

With views of the Bowdish Reservoir and lots of rocks to climb, the Walkabout Trail offers plenty of features to keep the kids busy. Plus, the reward of taking a swim afterwards should keep them moving along!


Length: 2, 6, or 8 miles
Difficulty: challenging for kids (due to the rugged paths and/or length)
Map: WalkaboutTrailMap
Dogs: are welcome, so long as they are leashed and you clean up after them
You might want to bring: swimsuits and beach gear
Note: There is a day use fee of $2 for RI residents; $4 for non-residents. Fluorescent orange requirements apply for all users during the hunting season (learn more).

Click here for an extensive list of guidelines for hiking with kids.
Click here to visit the George Washington Management Area website.

WalkaboutTrail_map2Get directions or follow ours: From Route 295, take exit 7B for Route 44 West. Follow Rte. 44 West for approximately 14.1 miles and turn right at the sign for the George Washington State Campground and Management Area. Pay at the campground checkpoint station, and then travel 0.2 mile to the beach area on your left. Park here.

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