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A beautiful state park and management area surrounding Beach Pond, straddling the border of RI and CT, this area is a great spot to explore for new bouldering amongst the granite boulders and ledges hidden in the rhododendron forest. There is a top rope crag (now some easy bolted lines) at the southern end of the pond as well as several more further in the southern portion that would be good for beginners. With a bit of discrete cleaning there are enough cracks that one could work on gear placing skills locally if you don't mind short routes. Most of the recent interest has been by boulderers though, especially since the establishment of the test piece Work of Man at Deadwood.

Most of the good rock is on the southern side of the pond, though there is a small cluster of decent eggs and a little bouldering wall next to the northern boat ramp. Access is usually under 5-15 minutes hike from the car, though some of the newer finds in the southern spots may take 30+ minutes to get in to. The rock is granitic gneiss (I think), of good texture with occasional quartz bands with large crystals.

If you go exploring deeper into the park, with the maze of ridgelines, thick rhododendron, small swamps and extensive official, social and game trails it is very easy to get lost. Many of the trails are unblazed and the white blazed Deep Pond trail has several branches. I strongly suggest bringing a GPS device and a good trail map

Getting There

Head west on RI 165/Ten Rod Rd to the CT boarder. For the top rope crags, Deadwood and other southern areas near the pond park at the smaller lot on the southern side of the road just before you drive over the pond(41.5738, -71.7854), across from the main beach lot (not maintained well so careful if in a low clearance vehicle), or alternatively at the previous gated dirt road back east away from the pond a little bit (this will take you by a couple more bouldering ledges including the New Beach area) The trails from either spot join further in, near the back of the pond).

For some of the new areas further south from the pond, the signed Roscoe M. Dexter entrance a little further east on 165 will get you closer via the white blazed Deep Pond Tr. If you have decent ground clearance and driving skill you can usually drive in part way and save yourself ten minutes of hiking. See further clarification in the individual areas

Park at the northern boat launch for the North Shore (See directions under that section).

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Joe M.    
Are the Pirate Ship and Normandy areas accessed from the same parking as the North Shore area? Nov 19, 2012
Nope, on the RI side there is a dirt lot on the left across from the beach before you cross the pond on 165. Follow the trail south along the water. This area is pretty rustic, have fun. Nov 20, 2012
Joe M.    
Video of Lucy Humphrey's making the FA of Supernormal at Beach Pond

newenglandbouldering.com/ne… Jun 23, 2014
Anyone have directions to Supernormal?? Jun 26, 2014
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M Sprague   New England  
It is to the left of the Hand of Man cave at Deadwood, maybe a hundred feet or so, and up to the left of a break in the wall. Jul 2, 2014
Thanks! Jul 26, 2014