TRAILS AND WALKS IN RHODE ISLAND (and nearby Mass. & Conn.)
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…
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)
Trails and Walks in Rhode Island has won the Rhode Island Monthly – Best of Rhode Island award for Best Hiking Website – 2014… Thank you very much to Rhode Island Monthly and to all of you who follow this blog… I am honored (and quite frankly overwhelmed) for this award for something that started out from two simple loves in life… hiking and photography… again, thank you!! Happy hiking my friends!
…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.
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.
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.
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.
Some Useful Links:
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.
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:
Five hundred (500) square inches by all hunters and other users (including
archers) during shotgun deer seasons.
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,
My list has been compiled from the following books:
Twenty Five Walks In Rhode Island (Ken Weber – 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)
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)
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)
Quiet Water – Massachusetts, Connecticut, And Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club – 2014)
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,
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,
Various municipal land trust sites,
as well as many Facebook community pages including
and other blogs including the very useful Auntie Beak’s Hike Finder.
I would also thank friends, family, and groups who I have walked and hiked with.
Alex, Amanda, Andrew, Arc, Athena, “Auntie Beak”, Ben, “Brisco”, Charlie, Cheryl, Claire, Colby, Cole, Craig, Dave, Denise, Ella, Gerry, Hannah, Jackie, Janice, Jen, Kara, Karla, Karen, Kay, Keith, Kim, Kimmie, Kristen, Leanne, Logan, Mary Beth, Michele, Norah, “The Old Dude”, Ron, Ryan, Simon, Sophia, Suzanne, Wayne, & Mom.
The East Providence Land Conservation Trust
Friends of The Hopkinton Land Trust
The Providence County Hiking Club
The Rhode Island Hiking Club
The Ten Mile River Watershed Council
Questions or Comments: