Rhode Island Outdoors - Rhode Island Outdoor Recreation

Rhode Island Outdoors - Rhode Island Outdoor Recreation

Despite being the smallest of the 50 states by land area, Rhode Island still manages to provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation. Thanks to the compact space, great trails are right outside Providence and Newport, and even famous Block Island can be reached with an easy day or weekend trip with the family.

Not surprisingly, most attractions in "The Ocean State" run along its lengthy Atlantic Coastline. Whether fishing for stripers on Block Island Sound, taking a road biking tour along the famed Breakers at Newport, or following a scenic drive around Narragansett Bay, outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds will find plenty here to occupy them. For those who prefer fresh water to salt, good canoeing and kayaking opportunities are available for paddlers at inland lakes and ponds like Belleville Pond, Alton Pond, and Stillwater Reservoir.

But Rhode Island has good outdoor recreation opportunities on land as well, with great hikes like the Arcadia Trail, Breakheart Pond-Mount Tom Loop, and the Pachaug-Tippecansett Loop. Similarly, good mountain biking trails can be found at Big River Management Area, Lincoln Wood State Park, and George Washington Management Area, which also provides great camping opportunities in its nearby campground. If that weren't enough, Rhode Island also makes a good starting point for excursions to the nearby trails of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and Boston and Cape Cod are both within two hours' drive.

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