- Camp Nokewa – Nokewa State Management Area
- Gilbert Stuart Road, North Kingstown, RI
- Trailhead: 41°31’1.58″N, 71°26’57.51″W
- Last Time Hiked: March 21, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 1.5 miles
- Easy with some elevation. Easy with some slight elevation.
The Nokewa State Management Area is one of the newest and one of the smallest of the management areas. The land is a former Girl Scout Camp that was acquired in 2010. It sits on the western edge of Carr Pond in North Kingstown. I did not find much on-line about this site other than a map showing the property and roads. So, this afternoon, being the first of several half day Fridays for me, I decided to do some exploring of lesser known management areas. I started this hike from the beginning of the entrance road at Gilbert Stuart Road. Being unsure of the road condition and where it would end up I opted to park the car right at the entrance. The entrance is marked by an old Girl Scout camp sign. I followed the entrance road, which was deeply rutted in spots up to a parking area. (It appears that parking here would be just fine but would shorten the walk considerably). I then followed an old dirt road past a gate occasionally exploring side paths to the shore of Carr Pond. The road ends at a some what of a beach area. I then followed a path uphill and meandered through the woods passing several abandoned structures. This area also had quite of few stone walls and the looming Hammond Hill was to the right. The trail I followed eventually came back to the parking area. From there I retraced my steps back to the car at the beginning of the entrance road. This area is a hunting area and should probably be avoided altogether during hunting season as it appears to be less of a hiking destination than a hunting one.
Trail map can be found at: Camp Nokewa.