Rhode Island’s North South Trail


I led a series of hikes in 2011-2012 for the AMC spanning the entirety of the North South Trail, a 77 mile footpath that begins at the RI/MA border and continues south to Charlestown and the Atlantic Ocean. It covers a variety of terrain from country back roads to deep pine forests, and was an excellent way to get outside close to home and see some parts of my home state I never knew existed. One thing I did struggle with was getting good information about the trail, maps, and info on where to start and end my section hikes. I decided to compile a map and create GPS/GPX tracks for each segment.

You can download the GPX files from my hikes; but know not all the tracks are entirely on the NST – I did some loop in segments 1 and for parking concerns sometimes we used feeder trails.











I take my GPS unit on all my hikes, for secondary navigation (always have a map/compass), but also to record my travels.


7 thoughts on “Rhode Island’s North South Trail

      • Do you have specifics on the campsites? Scouts can sometimes camp on public land in exchange for trail work. We have hiked into and stayed in Arcadia.

  1. Hello! I know this is an old post, but you never know… 🙂

    When I should have been finishing up a project, I daydreamed instead. Ha!

    I am attending a wedding next year back in RI and thinking of hiking the North-South Trail at that time in conjunction with the Midstate trail. Looks like the GPX file posted on the old AMC website now redirects to the AMC master site. The file is no longer available. Per the Facebook Narragansett FB admin, they no longer have the file.

    I tried using the Wayback Machine and other web caches to find the file; no dice. By any chance, do you still have this GPX file avail? I am sure the NST is well marked, I would just like to print out better maps than what is avail online.



      • Aw..thank you. Feel a little embarrassed you did it just for me. Being a good RI Catholic boy at heart, I get guilty very easily. 😉 If the trip goes as planned next year, I’ll be sure to give credit. Thanks again!!!

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