Hike Charlestown to Burrillville in 3 Days to Keep RI Beautiful

North South Trail overall
From North South Trail Guide by Cliff Vanover

The North South Trail is a 78-mile long hiking trail that begins in Charlestown at Blue Shutters Beach and passes through Burlingame, Carolina, and Arcadia State Management Areas and then follows the western edge of the state through other preserved land in Exeter, West Greenwich, Coventry, Foster, Glocester, and Burrillville. The trail ends at the border of Massachusetts at Buck Hill Management Area in Burrillville where it joins the Midstate Trail through Massachusetts and eventually the Appalachian Trail. If the Invenergy Power Plant is built in Burrillville, you’ll be able to see the 1000 Megawatt gas and diesel power plant from the trail.

Invenergy Power Plant Located in Western RI Forest

The North South Trail connects Rhode Island’s most rural areas, with large tracts of contiguous forest, rivers, wetlands, and important wildlife and outdoor recreation areas. Most people hike the North South Trail in a series of six hikes, but Keep Rhode Island Beautiful, a group of citizens committed to the preservation of Rhode Island’s beautiful forests have organized a three day straight through hike of the trail to raise awareness of the potential impacts of the Clear River Energy Center proposed for Burrillville.


Day 1 (June 4) – Start at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI @8am finishing at Oak Embers Campground in West Greenwich, RI
Day 2 (June 5) – Start at Oak Embers Campground in West Greenwich, RI @8am finishing at George Washington Campground in Glocester, RI
Day 3 (June 6) – Start at George Washington Campground and finishing at Douglas State Forest (Celebration to be held at Pavilion)

To join the hike or support the hikers, visit the Keep Rhode Island Beautiful Website

Kick off Ceremony! – Send hikers off on their journey
• Sunday, June 4, 8am – Blue Shutters Beach
469 East Beach Rd. Charlestown (coffee & light refreshments provided)

Welcome Reception – Meet hikers as they complete the hike
• Tuesday, June 6th, 12pm – Douglas State Forest
107 Wallum Lake Rd. Douglas, MA

After Party Celebration
• Tuesday, June 6th 4pm – The Western Hotel & Pizza
610 Douglas Turnpike, Harrisville, RI