Pulaski Recreation Area, Glocester
RI Department of Environmental Management
Also known as Pulaski Park
Hunting is permitted here (hunters should check with the property manager before hunting). During hunting season everyone using the trails here should wear blaze orange. Remember, hunting season includes much of the late fall, winter and spring. More details.
In Rhode Island the primary hunting seasons typically run from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, however this can vary from year to year and depends on what game is being hunted. During hunting season you should wear at least 200 square inches (a hat OR a vest) of blaze orange. During shotgun deer season, which is typically in December, you should wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange (a hat AND a vest). For more information see the RI DEM website.
Description & Overview:
Approximately 100 acres of the 4,000 acre George Washington Wildlife Management Area is managed as the Pulaski Recreation Area. Except for the park entrance road, there are no paved roads on the property, all are gravel and the ones closest to the park are well maintained. In winter these gravel roads are groomed for use by cross country skiers, and are closed to hikers.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day the beach is open for swimming. Hunting is allowed from September to May in the forest east of the state beach. During winter when there is snow cover the narrow foot trails can be used for snow shoeing. The wider trails are groomed for cross country skiing and hiking is not allowed on them.
The land was acquired during the 1930's by the US Government and developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. During WWII the land was turned over to the State of RI. In the late 1960's Australian Navy sailors on temporary duty in Newport created what is known as the "Walkabout Trail", a series of three connected walking trails blazed blue, red, and orange, that begin in the adjacent George Washington Management Area and extend west into the Pulaski Recreation Area. Near Peck Pond a blue dot blazed walking trail follows Keach Brook east to the Hemlock Glen then returns to Peck Pond via a winding upland trail. These walking trails can be rocky in spots.
The painted trail blazes are maintained by seasonal state employees.
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Miles of Trails: 10 miles
Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None
Trail Width: The cross-county ski trails are around six feet wide; other trails are typical one-person footpaths
Trail Rating: Moderate Explanation
Trail Rating Key
Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.
Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.
Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.
Skiing/Snowshoeing: Yes, snow shoeing is allowed on the narrow foot trails. Only cross-country skis are allowed on the wide trails, which are groomed for that purpose.
Are Dogs Allowed? Not on the beach during the summer, but allowed in elsewhere if leashed from April to October.
Is Horseback Riding Permitted? Yes, but only on the gravel roads, not on the walking/foot trails. Horse trailers are not allowed in the park recreation area, but may park on the gravel roads beyond.
Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Not on the narrow foot trails, but allowed on the wide gravel roads (named "Trails" on the map, such as Center Trail, Wood Trail, etc.)
Is Hunting Permitted? Yes. Contact property manager for details before hunting. Walkers wear orange during hunting season!
Other Amenities: Restrooms, picnic tables, fishing, and swimming. Electric car charging station at the parking area near the restrooms and beach.
Trailhead Name: Pulaski Park Beach Parking Lot
Driving Landmarks: The address is 2185 Putnam Pike (Route 44), West Glocester, RI. The entrance road into the park is 6.5 miles west of Chepachet village. Watch for a large brown "Pulaski State Park" sign. This is Pulaski Road and is the entrance road to the park. The trailhead parking area is 1 mile up Pulaski Road.
Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 100 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes
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This site report was last updated on February 12, 2018