Rhode Island may be tiny, but it boasts hundreds of miles of trails. Whether you’re looking for a scenic walking path or an all-day strenuous trek, the Ocean State has something for all hiking skill levels. Geographically diverse, Rhode Island offers everything from waterfront walks to deep-woods excursions. We have it all. Well, except if you’re looking to hike a mountain, because we don’t have any of those. Regardless, Rhode Island’s numerous management areas, parks, and preserves offer residents countless hiking options.
Here are five lesser-known hikes that you may not have tried, but should definitely check out. And don’t forget the bug spray.
Lime Rock Nature Preserve
96 Wilbur Road, Lincoln, RI
Everyone knows about the trails at Lincoln Woods, but the Lime Rock Nature Preserve is Lincoln’s true hiking hidden gem. Located on a residential road, the woodland hike features two trails, which can be completed in under an hour. Despite the short distance, the quiet trails feature numerous up-hills that will make you break a sweat. Lined with gorgeous greenery, Lime Rock features numerous rock formations, stone walls, a large pond, and wildflowers.
Long Pond Woods Trail
Canonchet Road, Hopkinton, RI
Located in the Rockville Management Area, Long Pond Woods Trail is the most challenging hike on our list. This beautiful spot touts boulders, steep inclines and declines, and an overlook of Long Pond. This 4.2-mile hike is recommended for experienced hikers. And keep in mind, you WILL have to climb at certain points. Make sure to bring a bottle of water and a light snack.
Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge
2082 Victory Hwy, Coventry, RI
Named after the late Rhode Island painter, Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge is a roughly 3.4-mile trail that is mostly flat and is good for all skill levels. The trail is well marked, but there are some overgrown areas especially in the field section. It can be extremely buggy in the summer, so copious amounts of bug spray is advised. A Rhode Island Audubon location, Maxwell Mays features many types of birds and wildlife, as well as serene views of the 11-acre Carr Pond.
Connors Farm Conservation Area
22 Connors Farm Drive, Smithfield, RI
Hidden in a lovely residential neighborhood, Connors Farm offers a great beginner level hike just 15 minutes from Providence. This 2.7-mile loop trail has easy to follow trails, massive rock formations, and a small pond. If you're looking to challenge yourself, Connors Farm's well-maintained trails are great for trail running. Remember to bring the bug spray, because insects can be a nuisance in the summer months.
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Area
99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI
Another Audubon Society hike on our list, Fisherville is the perfect hike if you're looking for a peaceful nature walk with gorgeous views. Filled with beautiful trees, a pond, and a waterfall, Fisherville is an easy, clearly-marked hike that clocks in just over three miles. It's also a great spot for photography enthusiasts.
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