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Best Hiking Website - 2014

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

(if you can not see the list to the right, scroll all the way down and click VIEW FULL SITE)

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…

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NEWS & INFORMATION ABOUT TRAILS

11/18/16 – Trails and Walks will be doing some minor website updates in the next few weeks. Sorry for any inconvenience.

9/15/16 – It is hunting season once again. Be sure to wear orange where needed.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

#DSTRONG 

9/28/15 – A section of the Tippecansett Trail has been posted with “No Trespassing” signs. Click here 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, Westconnaug Meadows, 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.

 I’ve researched many books and websites to compile an ever-growing list of nearly 500 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, EveryTrail, and Map My Hike 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:

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: Department Of Health: Arboviral Surveillance

Information on identifying poison ivy: poison-ivy.org

Information on hunting seasons in Rhode Island: Hunting Regulations 2016-2017

Please note sections 10.6 and 11.6 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 All users of State Management Areas and undeveloped State Parks are required to wear solid daylight fluorescent orange during appropriate seasons.

11.6 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 covers 200 square inches or combination of hat and vest covering 500 square inches. The following orange requirements apply:

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

11.6.8 All other users of State Management areas and designated undeveloped 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.

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)

Easy Walks In Massachusetts (Marjorie Turner Hollman – 2014)

More Easy Walks In Massachusetts (Marjorie Turner Hollman – 2015)

The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide (Jeanine Silversmith – 2015)

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.

Some local hiking groups:

LOGO-RIHC

LOGO-PCHC

AMC-narragansett

TNC

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

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Thank You to:

Jen McCaffery, Sarah Mead, and the rest of the crew at Rhode Island Monthly Magazine for voting Trails and Walks in Rhode Island 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.

    • Michelle
    • June 5th, 2015

    Hello🙂 I have been following your site for over a month now and trying some of the trails. TY for posting them!🙂
    Just wanted to let you know that Lime Rock has a new blue trail, it goes off to the right of the old trail that begins on Wilber Ave. which now they marked the old trail yellow. If you’d like to try.🙂
    I went to go try the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp in Cumberland that I had seen mentioned on your site and it is temporary closed, due to over flooding from the beavers! lol So you may want to make note of that on your site. Happy Hiking!🙂

    • Thank you for following and thank you for the information. I will make a note of Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. I was actually planning on heading back into Lime Rock in the next few weeks. I will check it out. Thank you again for the info!!

    • paulshelasky
    • June 28th, 2015

    Hi, i went on a couple great hikes today that I found via your blog, Mowry and Connors Farm. I tried to find Cascade Brook…even parked at the end of the road like you did, at the orchard. Walked around the area but didn’t see any signs or blue marks for the trail. Is the trail at the orchard or down the road some? Thanks for any info…any pics that would help?
    Now Im soo curious to find it🙂

    • paulshelasky
    • June 28th, 2015

    oh…nevermind🙂 I just realized I was on Maplewood Orchard rd, not Mapleville Rd! I was so close….Ill try again next weekend.

  3. This is an amazing resource; thank you so much!

    • Kaity
    • December 15th, 2015

    Amazing resource. There is also a short (.05 mile?) paved trail in Killingly, CT called Cat Hollow you might enjoy. It goes along a pond/ stream and has a beautiful waterfall at the end.

    • Jackie
    • February 3rd, 2016

    Great resource! As for the Carr Pond area, I have memories of going there is a kid. Many of the vacant buildings and structures are remains of an old Girl Scout camp that closed in the past 10’years or so.

    • Stan
    • February 19th, 2016

    Ernie,
    I have recently retired and enjoy hiking. I have Ken Weber’s Weekend Walks book and your extremely informative blog as guides. Together, they have provided some wonderful outdoor entertainment. Thanks so much for the info.

    • littlerhody
    • May 16th, 2016

    You have been very busy! I think I am all caught up now. Beautiful photos of a gorgeous state. You will know Rhode Island inside and out! Great job!

    • Joan Angelopoulos
    • June 1st, 2016

    This is very helpful as I’m visiting RI this summer. Do you know if any of these hiking areas, that look beautiful, are bike friendly? We have mountain bikes. Thank you for this site🙂

    • Tony
    • July 13th, 2016

    This a great site . It s the first time I have come across it .Please contact me when you have a chance . The Rhode Island Hiking Club is my club and I love nothing better then promoting local hikes .
    Thanks ,
    Tony

  4. Hi, I noticed that you’ve walked through Glocester and the Durfee Hill Management area. I do a little prospecting, and I read that there was a gold mine up there back in the 1870’s, and I was wondering if you had seen anything indicating its presence.

    • I have not… I was not aware of anything of such. If you are on Facebook, you may want to look up/contact the Rhode Island Ruins page. The person who runs that page is quite knowledgeable of many former places in Rhode Island.

    • jimmy lappin
    • November 10th, 2016

    WOW! As a major hiking aficionado (ok, freak!), who is a 15 yr member of the Sierra Club, grew up in Rumford, RI, and was a hike leader of the SF Hiking Club, leading the killer 24 mile 12,000 ft vertical gain in a day hike, I am impressed!

    While the hikes back here are not quite as challenging, they contain amazing and beautiful treasures that only this area possesses, and to overlook even the smallest of these gems would be unwise of any hiker.

    The site is the most organized, extensive and friendly hiking site I have EVER seen. Seriously! You have done an amazing job compiling so much info into a single site! And more than anything, thanks for the insanely great collection of trail maps!!! You deserve a Best of RI award! (From a double winner of a Best of RI!)

    Just a SINGLE suggestion to improve the website…

    In the right hand column bar you have way too many info choices. Perhaps you could put a little selection option at the top for Archives, Features, Trails, Distance, Municipality.

    Just thought this might be a helpful piece of feedback, and keep doing an amazing job!

    • Thank you much!! And thank you for the suggestion. I have recently thought about that. I think it is about time to address that issue by adding some menus!!

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