- Cocumcussoc State Management Area
- Old Post Road, North Kingstown, RI
- Trailhead: 41°34’52.43″N, 71°27’37.15″W
- Last Time Hiked: March 21, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.9 miles
- Difficult due to overgrown and non existent trails and rocky footing, some elevation.
This would be the definition of exploratory hikes. I had done some research of the site in the past and most information led me to believe that this would be a difficult hike. First and foremost. This is a heavily hunted area and there is plenty of evidence of that. I came across several tree stands on this walk through the woods. Secondarily, all of the trails shown on the maps are overgrown and almost non existent. If you do not have a good sense of direction and also a reliable GPS unit I would suggest not even attempting this site. One could easily get lost here. Thirdly, I would not consider bringing children into this area. I found it difficult exploring the area with its vast amounts of thickets, splintered and broken trees, and stone walls. The area is rather rocky and footing can be treacherous. The map I had seemed to indicate that I could easily get a 3 mile hike in, but that just didn’t happen. I started this hike from Old Post Road and found some flagging tied on a tree. There were multiple colors of flagging as I followed it into the woods. The flagging was obviously put up by hunters as to not get lost. After about a mile I came across only slight evidence of any trails and decided to “call it”. At that point of the walk I was in an area of pure desolation. I could not hear the traffic of Post Road and I could see nothing but woods. I could almost hear nothing at all other than the breeze blowing through the bare trees. I was truly in the middle of the woods. I then retraced my steps following the flagging and GPS unit back to where I started. I stopped off briefly at the nearby Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center to ask some questions about the site. They informed me that all of the trails are in fact overgrown and there may be a plan in the future to clear them. If so, I will revisit in the future, but for now, I suggest leaving this site to the hunters.
**Update: December 20, 2014: I have been informed by a member of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council that they are looking into clearing, blazing, and mapping the trails here in the near future.**
Trail map can be found at: Cocumcussoc.