Please read the entire Write Up and agree to the enclosed Liability Waiver before signing up for this event.
Event Rating: Strenuous
Distance: 9 Miles
Time Duration: 4 Hours
Blaze Orange: REQUIRED
Because of the popularity of the NST Hikes, the difficulty of this hike and a maximum number of hikers allowed, this section is only open only to members (No Guests) who have successfully completed at least 5 of the more challenging hikes with the RIHC and are truly interested in completed ALL sections of the NST.
Section 8 of this trail will take us along Old Snake Hill Rd. to where it turns into gravel and leads us into the Killingly Pond Wildlife Management Area. From there we briefly enter into Connecticut and hike around Killingly Pond before we head back into RI and continue on to Rt. 6.
This section is just over 9 miles in length and consists mostly of road either paved or gravel with some parts of it going through forest trail and crosses through a DEM Wildlife Management area where Hunting Season is in full swing.
For this section you will need a good pair of waterproof hiking boots, 2 liters of water, snacks and since hunting season is in full swing and all hikers are REQUIRED to wear a minimum of 200 square inches of blaze orange above their waist.
Please be considerate of your fellow members and only sign up for this section if you are considering completing the entire NST, in great hiking shape and are definitely committed to this hike on Saturday.
Finally, you must be willing use your vehicle to car shuttle from the meetup location to the start of the hike and later back following the hike.
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.