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Best Hiking Website - 2014

Best Hiking Website – 2014

Please look under CATEGORY to the right for a specific location to hike.

The hikes and walks are listed by name.

The hikes are also categorized by length and by the cities and towns that they are located.

The hikes that are currently listed are the ones I have done so far…

You can also search by using Google Maps by following this link.

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9/13/14: IT IS NOW HUNTING SEASON IN RHODE ISLAND, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR ORANGE IN DESIGNATED AREAS:

(Please scroll down to Hunting Regulations for more info)

The Cleft at Long Pond

The Cleft at Long Pond

 

Rhode Island

…is the smallest of the States but offers a wide array of places to hike, walk, or bike. Rhode Island also has some tremendously beautiful sites whether it be by the ocean, in the rolling hills, or in the middle of the city.

Providence and Newport are the primary tourist destinations in Rhode Island.

Providence offers a rich history and some spectacular architecture. It is a very walk friendly city. Some of the walks in Providence include Waterplace ParkIndependence Trail, and College Hill.

Newport, thirty five miles to the south, is a seaport city at the entrance of Narragansett Bay. It is also a very walk friendly city. Some of the walks here include Newport Wharf, Ballard Park, Cliff Walk, Fort Adams and Brenton Point.

For the bicyclists, The East Bay Bike Path, Blackstone River Bikeway, and The Washington Secondary Bike Path are some of the longer bicycle paths in the state.

Rhode Island is also home to five National Wildlife Refuges. They are all in the southern end of the state and all offer views of the ocean or salt ponds. They include Trustom Pond, Ninigret, and Sachuset Point.

Dundery Brook, Ruecker, and Simmons Mill Pond are suggestions if you are looking for relatively short and children friendly hikes.

Rhode Island is also home to some of the best beaches along the East Coast. If you are up for a walk on the beach Goosewing Beach and Napatree Point are a must.

The crown jewel in Rhode Island for hiking are the State Management Areas. Arcadia, Big River, Burlingame, Carolina are the most popular. There are also several other sites including Audubon and Nature Conservancy properties that offer good hikes. Some of the states best hikes are in these areas including Long Pond-Ell Pond, Ben Utter Trail, Escoheag Trail, and Hemlock Ledges to name just a few.

I’ve also included hikes and walks that are in nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. The towns I’ve choose to include in these states are the ones that directly border Rhode Island and the ones that are in the easily accessible via the highway corridors of Interstate 95, Interstate 195, and Route 146. Some of the suggested hikes in bordering Massachusetts and Connecticut are Old Furnace, Copicut Woods, Green Fall Pond, and Purgatory Chasm.

Simmons Pond

Simmons Mill Pond

 I’ve researched many books and websites to compile a list of nearly 300 walks and I have been adding them to the blog site as I complete them.

I hope you find these blogs useful. I’ve included nature hikes, beach walks, urban walks, city parks, state parks, and bike paths as well, varying in lengths of less than a mile to over 10 miles.

Distances are measured by using phone apps such as Alltrails and EveryTrail and are approximate only.

With each blog entry I have added links to trail maps (when available) and photos that I have taken on the hikes. I’ve also added coordinates for the trail-heads or parking areas with a link for directions and I give a short description of the hike that I took.

Please note that the descriptions that I have blogged are the routes that I have chosen. I have used many sources for maps and trail descriptions prior to hiking most sites. The maps that I have linked do not always show the trails that I have used and should be used with caution and at your own risk. I have listed all of my sources below. Also note that several sites are open to hunting. I do try to note this in the blogs. Be sure to check if the site you plan on hiking is in fact a hunting area and be sure to follow the rules of the hunting regulations which I also listed below.

View From The Snake Den Overlook

View From The Snake Den Overlook

Some Useful Links:

New England weather can change quite quickly. You should always check the forecast before heading out: Forecast & Radar

Information on tick activity in the area: Tick Encounter Resource Center

Information on mosquitoes: D.E.M. News Release

Information on identifying poison ivy: poison-ivy.org

Information on hunting seasons in Rhode Island: Hunting Regulations 2014-2015

Please note section 10.6 of the RI hunting regulation on requiring the use of orange vests and hats on State management properties and other properties where hunting is allowed.

10.6

Fluorescent Orange Requirement: Fluorescent orange safety clothing is required
during the hunting season statewide for all hunters. To meet this requirement,
safety clothing must be solid daylight fluorescent orange. Fluorescent
camouflage does not meet this requirement. The hunter orange must be worn
above the waist and be visible in all directions. Examples that meet the orange
requirements are a hat that coves 200 square inches or combination of hat and vest
covering 500 square inches. The following orange requirements apply:

10.6.5

Five hundred (500) square inches by all hunters and other users (including
archers) during shotgun deer seasons. 

10.6.8

All other users of State Management areas and underdeveloped State
Parks, including but not limited to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, are
required to wear two hundred (200) square inches of solid daylight
fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day
of February, and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May,
annually.

Carr Pond

Carr Pond

My list has been compiled from the following books:

Twenty Five Walks In Rhode Island (Ken Weber – 1978)

Fifty Hikes In Connecticut (Gerry and Sue Hardy – 1978)

Walks and Rambles in Rhode Island – 1st Edition (Ken Weber – 1986)

Bird Walks In Rhode Island (Adam J. Fray – 1992)

More Walks and Rambles in Rhode Island (Ken Weber – 1992)

Walks and Rambles In Rhode Island-2nd Edition (Ken Weber – 1993)

Sixty Selected Short Nature Walks In Connecticut (Eugene Keyarts – 1994)

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Trail Guide (Appalachian Mountain Club – 1995)

A Guide To Rhode Island’s Natural Places (Rhode Island Sea Grant – 1995)

Walks In The Watershed (Charles Hickox & Elly Heyder – 1997)

Nature Walks In Eastern Massachusetts (Michael Tougias – 1998)

More Nature Walks In Eastern Massachusetts (Michael Tougias – 1998)

Walks and Rambles in Rhode Island-3rd Edition (Ken Weber – 1999)

The Official Rails To Trails Conservancy Guidebook (Cynthia Mascott – 2000)

The North South Trail (Cliff Vanover – 2002)

Discover Rhode Island (Christie Matheson – 2004)

Massachusetts Trail Guide-8th Edition (Appalachian Mountain Club – 2004)

Nature Walks In Connecticut-2nd Edition (Charles W.G. Smith an Rene Laubach – 2004)

Weekend Walks In Rhode Island (Ken Weber – 2005)

Doggin’ Rhode Island – 25 Best Places to Hike With Your Dog (Doug Gelbert – 2006)

AMC’s Best Day Hikes In Connecticut (Appalachian Mountain Club – 2007)

New England Hiking Guide (Jacqueline Tourville – 2010)

Best Easy Day Hikes Rhode Island (Steve Mirsky – 2010)

Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club – 2011)

Hiking Connecticut And Rhode Island (Rhonda And George Ostertag – 2013)

Quiet Water – Massachusetts, Connecticut, And Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club – 2014)

Ocean Meets Farm at Goosewing Beach

Beach Meets Farm at Goosewing Beach

As well as maps:

Arcadia Wildlife Management Area (Great Swamp Press)

Carolina & Burlingame Wildlife Management Area (Great Swamp Press)

Big River Management Area (Great Swamp Press)

Pachaug State Forest (Great Swamp Press)

And also several websites including:

Audubon Society of Rhode Island,

Mass Audubon,

The Nature Conservancy,

The Trustees Of Reservations – Massachusetts,

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management,

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation,

The Massachusetts Department Of Conservation & Recreation,

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council and ExploreRI.org,

Various municipal land trust sites,

as well as many Facebook community pages including

Hiking in Rhode Island,

Providence County Hiking Club,

and other blogs including the very useful Auntie Beak’s Hike Finder.

Vinca in Bloom at Frenchtown Park

Vinca in Bloom at Frenchtown Park

Some local hiking groups:

LOGO-RIHC

LOGO-PCHC

AMC-narragansett

TNC

I would also thank friends, family, and groups who I have walked and hiked with.

Kara, Members of The Ten Mile River Watershed Council, The East Providence Land Conservation Trust, Jackie, Amanda, Ella, Sophia, Cole, Claire, Gerry, Mary Beth, Norah, Hannah, Karla, Charlie, Karen, Jen, Jeanne, Cheryl, Logan, Michele, Arc, Simon, Dave, Josh, Ryan, Ben, Alex, Suzanne, Kristen, Sheena, Karen, Joyce, Manda, Sydney, Lynda, Kathy and Brian, Maureen and Raffi, Members of The Providence County Hiking Club, Ron, Leanne, Members of The Rhode Island Hiking Club, Kim, Denise, Janice and Brisco, Athena, Kay, Craig, Karen, Andrew, Kimmie, Colby, Friends of The Hopkinton Land Trust, Wayne and Keith of The East Providence Conservation Commission, The Foster Land Trust, Members of the Lincoln Tree And Trail Commission, Members of the Blackstone River Watershed Council, Helen of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, and of course Mom.

Questions or Comments:

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Thank You to:

Jen McCaffery, Sarah Mead, and the rest of the crew at Rhode Island Monthly for having Trails and Walks as the Best Hiking Website – 2014.

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  1. very excited to find this! i am working on a similar project. see http://auntiebeak.com/Aunties-Hike-Finder.html. we should tawk….!

    • littlerhody
    • June 26th, 2013

    Great job! I want to go this weekend!

  2. This is fantastic. I’m looking for places to take my family for hikes and this has been a great find!

    • Alex
    • August 27th, 2013

    So sorry to hear about your injury. I have only recently found your site and I think it’s a spectacular resource. I hope you heal up well and quickly!

    • Marc
    • November 5th, 2013

    I have been looking for a photo of Slater Park duck pond and yours is great. Can you contact me about seeing how I can get a copy of one of them? I have googled EJGermani photos but can not find you. Thanks!

    • Marc feel free to copy it from the blog, all i ask is that you don’t use it for profit.

        • Marc
        • November 5th, 2013

        can you send me the jpeg file? It is just to hang in my family room as a great memory of where I grew up. If I have the jpeg, I can have it printed by a photo place to fit a frame that I have. My email is tessier@aavid.com. Thanks a whole lot!

    • city girl145
    • January 27th, 2014

    Thanks EG, Copicut was lovely. Easy to navigate as you said.

    • Jim Lundell
    • March 3rd, 2014

    Hello,
    AAA Southern New England will be mentioning the Turner Reservoir in the My Town column in the May issue of our club publication Horizons. This goes out to about 1.7 million member, and there is also a web version and now a Facebook page. I would like permission to possibly use one of your photos in these venues, such as the panorama of the reservoir or the waking trails. We would of course give a photo credit.
    Thanks very much.

    • Josh Lipinski
    • March 11th, 2014

    Great work on the site!! I’m glad I found this resource.

    • citygirl145
    • November 24th, 2014

    Kudos E, a job well done. Quite an honor.

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