Yawgoo Pond – South Kingstown
- Yawgoo Pond
- Barbers Pond Road, South Kingstown, RI
- Trailhead: 41°30’20.81″N, 71°33’44.36″W
- Last Time Hiked: August 11, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.8 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
I started this hike from the parking area on Barbers Pond Road. The entire trail is blazed blue and starts just to the right of the information sign. The trail, narrow at first, runs up and down and winds through areas of thick shrubs before coming out to a dirt road. Here I turned right, crossed the Mud Brook and continued to where the trail splits. Here I opted to follow the trail to the right as it passed through an area of young pines and stone walls. I encountered a garter snake along this stretch. I also stumbled upon a cemetery here. The graves belong to those of the Wells family and were dated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. I then continued along the trail finding myself in a dense area of fern. Soon I could see Yawgoo Pond through the trees. There was a short unmarked access trail to the shore of the pond. I then continued of the blazed trail until I reached an intersection. Though not shown on the map, the unmarked trail to the right lead to a footbridge that crosses the Chickasheen Brook and then eventually to a beach area along the pond. This seemed to be the best vantage point of the pond. The unmarked trail narrows and continues but I opted not to explore it any further. I retraced my steps back to the intersection, continuing straight, before seeing the blue blazes again. The trail eventually led to the first split completing the loop. From here I retraced my steps back to the parking area encountering some deer along the way.
Trail map can be found at: Yawgoo Pond.