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North South Trail

Average Rating:    (3.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

THE epic ride in Rhode Island. Despite several intermittent road sections (that you'll be secretly thankful for), this trail follows single track and forest roads the length of the state. It passes through Burlingame, Carolina, Arcadia, Nicholas Farm, George Washington, and Buck Hill Management areas. The "trail" itself varies from single track to road to rocky portages. Very scenic and certainly a memorable day for most.
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Latitude
42.00823391072399
Longitude
-71.79204940795898
Trail Directions
The north end of the trail begins near Wallum Lake on the Mass/RI border. The south end starts at Quonochontaug beach near Charlestown.
Trail Length
72 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Charlestown
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 2, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Fletch6 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We road from Rt.14 down to rt.165. Several hiker only sections, but the trail was great riding. Several single track sections down hill. the section after you leave Hazard rd. by the old ski area turns very muddy for about 1/2 mile. We missed the turn here and did not follow the MTB trail up hill. ATV's have made it a swamp. you can walk your bike off the high side. the sections in Arcadia were great.

Recommended Route:
North to south and return via Frosty Hollow Rd. to Plain rd. which turns into Sand hill road. The first mile of plain road was a narrow up hill and a great work out and then turned into tar. You have to turn left off Frosty hollow road to the west and the turn off to Plain rd. is not marked. We ran into another biker who gave us directions.



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Review Date
April 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fletch6 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Got dropped off on Rt. 44 and started south on gravel Durfee Hill road. took right on Sweet Logging rd. a more challenging 4 wheel drive road to Willie Woodhead rd. which is a little better and improved as we biked. Took Old Snake hill road which starts as tar and climbs until after crossing Rt.94 it turns to dirt and became a great ride to via old roads to Rt.101. Followed tar roads to Tom Wood rd. and it became single track dirt, after a small climb up from Shippee School House road all the way to Rt.6. the rest of the way to Rt.117 was a mix of tar and dirt roads, but great riding with no traffic. We took about 3 easy hours.

Recommended Route:
North to south



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Review Date
April 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fletch6 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode and hiked between Buck Hill road and Rt.44. We left bikes at Geo Washington park Headquarters and drove up to Staghead drive. Parked on power line right of way just before it turned to dirt. There are two hiker only sections here and hiking south seemed to be the way to go. The return was all dirt roads that could be driven by a truck except the last mile was very rocky and sandy.

Recommended Route:
If you are hiking and biking this is the way to go because of the secure parking for your bikes at the park headquarters. We had done the 4 miles to the Mass. line two days before as a hike and this section is hiker only. we hiked up the NST to the mass line and returned via the Follet trail. You will have to walk on buck hill road for over a mile the return to your vehicle.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lots of dirt roads in this area for biking. Richardson Trail. Mynan Trail.Wilson Trail and Center Trail. most are dirt roads, but are called trails. south of here looks like more of the same With Durfee hill road,sweets logging road, and Snake hill road.



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Review Date
August 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Andrew , from Boston

Summary:
Wow, the upper part of NS Trail was a blast! Tough stuff! Slick, mossy rocks - very technical, with at least one unrideable section. Doesn't seem to get much riding - vegitation almost chokes off the trail at points.

Recommended Route:
south from Douglas St. Park in MA to a fire road, then north/west to another fire road that heads back to the motorcycle trails and then Douglas.



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Review Date
June 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Clint Cooper , from Willington CT

Summary:
I rode 3/4 of it last weekend with a couple of my friends. we had a blast. we went from south to north but I would suggest starting in the north however because you will encounter less climbs that way. I have read online that many sections of the trail are closed to mountain bikers but there were MTB tire tracks all over the place (not dammaging ruts - just the imprint of knobies in soft dirt areas). only a few sections of the trail were clearly marked as exclusive hiking trails. we were very curtious to the hikers we saw (who were quite friendly) and no one gave us any difficulties about riding the trails. we had many strange looks from other riders mostly because we all had full packs and my friend did it on his touring bike (his mountain bike was at a friends house in massachusets). there were some sections you have to walk unless you are a hero or something (a boulder field near arcadia and a few steep rocky climbs). the variety of scenery is awsome. Mountain laurals were in full bloom and plentifull on the trail - the smell was intoxicating. we camped in a small spot near the pavilion in arcadia. we had a nice little camp fire and two tents in a semi abondoned campsite near the water. no one noticed our presence and we cleaned the area of litter left my others when we left. we got to clean off in the lake which also provided us with dinner that night (sunfish on sticks over the fire). my only complaints about the trial are that there were too many fire roads and not enough single track. finding food along the way was dificult as well. we only came across one gas station between arcadia and the coast. the food selection was horrable (no power bars or any nutritional goodies with the excpetion of some nuts). This was after a section of trail that apeared closed (the blue blazes were painted over with black and some one put a keep out sign on the trail section head). the trail section was only about a mile long and looks like it would be muddy after a good rain. we looked and found no work around for this section. the trail is clealy marked in most spots with light blue blazes or little plastic white signs. Anyway, I thought it may interest readers of the list. I liked the part from the begining of bulingame to the end of carolina the most. the single track there was very interesting, fast and not technicaly dificult. if you are planning on doing the whole thing in a weekend I would suggest packing ultralight. we were so beat after the first day that we didnt finsh the trail. we ditched our sleeping bags and tents after camping - that helped us go faster but we were still fairly sore from the previous days ride. it took us 6 hours to get to the pavilion in arcadia from the coast with an hours break at the mobil station. the second day we set out ot make it to 44 but only made it to route 6. we bonked hard cause of all the hills.

Clint Cooper

Recommended Route:
north to south



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