Best Hiking in Rhode Island

This list represents the most popular hiking in Rhode Island. Use this list to plan your next Rhode Island hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Arcadia Trail


A winding trail through Rhode Island’s largest protected area. Ask people in the know about hiking and biking in Rhode Island, and they’re sure to mention Arcadia Management Area, the largest manageme…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Exeter, RI - Hiking - 6.7 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Mount Tom Trail


Ascend cliffs with nice views of Arcadia Management Area. The Mount Tom Trail starts near the banks of the pristine Wood River, passes Parris Brook, traverses a granite ledge with sweeping views of Ar…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Exeter, RI - Hiking - 4.2 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. George Washington Management Area


Ten miles east of Putnam, Connecticut and five miles SW of Pascoag, Rhode Island. Designed with two cut-over trails, the Walkabout Trail allows hikers to customize both tour length and difficulty.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Southern New England"
Pascoag, RI - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Breakheart Pond-Mount Tom Loop


Five miles north of Hope Valley, RI and 22 miles NE of Norwich, CT. In Rhode Island's Arcadia Management Area, this woodland loop unites several named trails, passing an abandoned observation tower, r…
From the guidebook "Hiking Southern New England"
Hope Valley, RI - Hiking - 13.5 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Ninigret Park, Beach Conservation Area, & National Wildlife Refuge.


Located in Charlestown. Two nature trails, a network of abandoned runways, and a stretch of barrier beach welcome hikers. Special attractions: Wildlife watching, with nesting piping plover (April-Aug…
From the guidebook "Hiking Southern New England"
Charlestown, RI - Hiking - 7 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Cliff Walk


A dramatic seaside walk offering glimpses of the magnificent Newport mansions. Not many trails offer hikers a glimpse of the Gilded Age of history, but this point-to-point 3.5-mile trail (7.0 miles ro…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Newport, RI - Hiking - 7 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Ben Utter and River Trails to Stepstone Falls


A streamside trail leads to short tumbling falls. The Ben Utter Trail was named for George Benjamin Utter, who was part of the original trails committee of the Narragansett Chapter of the Appalachian…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Exeter, RI - Hiking - 3.4 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Breakheart Loop


A mix of footpaths and gravel trails that leads around a pretty pond and up Penny Hill. Another yellow-blazed trail in Arcadia Management Area’s system, the Breakheart Trail passes Breakheart Pond and…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Exeter, RI - Hiking - 6.3 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge


Seaside trails offer dramatic ocean views in a peaceful setting. With trails designed to follow the coastline at the southeastern tip of Aquidneck Island (the landmass containing Portsmouth, Middletow…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Middletown, RI - Hiking - 2.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. George B. Parker Woodland


A long, pleasant ramble through a historic refuge. The most noted feature of the Parker Woodland is its collection of more than a hundred mysterious rock cairns (beehive-shaped stone piles ranging in…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Coventry, RI - Hiking - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Arcadia Trail


Arcadia Trail in the Arcadia Management Area is maintained by the Rhode Island chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and is popular in the summer months with local folks as well as out-of-towners d…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Hope Valley, RI - Hiking - 3 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Pachaug Trail around Beach Pond


The blue-blazed Pachaug Trail, a woods trail that wanders for about 30 miles through southwestern Rhode Island into southeastern Connecticut, offers a combination of enticing features: water, views, r…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Hope Valley, RI - Hiking - 6.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Diamond Hill Trail


All hikers were not created equal—even (especially?) within the same family. Perhaps you have younger children who set a pokey pace as well as older, goal-oriented preteens who push hard for the summi…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Woonsocket, RI - Hiking - 1 mile
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Pachaug-Tippecansett Loop


On the Connecticut - Rhode Island border, 7 miles NW of Hope Valley, RI and 16 miles NE of Norwich, CT. This 2-state circuit beginning and ending in Rhode Island's Arcadia Management Area tags the sh…
From the guidebook "Hiking Southern New England"
Hope Valley, RI - Hiking - 11.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Walkabout Trail


The Walkabout Trail (in Burrillville and Gloucester), with its 2-, 6-, and 8-mile options, is a good first family hike. The trail markers are bright and easy to follow and the route is level, though r…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Pascoag, RI - Hiking - 6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Fort Barton/Sin and Flesh Brook Trail


From atop the observation tower at the site of Fort Barton on the Smith Rock Trail, kids will not have a hard time imagining themselves as Revolutionary War soldiers scanning the harbor for British sh…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Point Judith, RI - Hiking - 2.8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Ben Utter Trail to Stepstone Falls


While the sight of the river tumbling and spilling down the wide, step-like rocks delights children, the ever-present sound of the cascading water soothes adult ears. The trip to Stepstone Falls via t…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Hope Valley, RI - Hiking - 3.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. East Beach, Ninigret Conservation Area Trail


In the spring bring a kite, in the summer carry a bathing suit and towel, and in the fall take along a book to identify seashells, especially if you opt to camp here and anticipate having some time on…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Wood River Junction, RI - Hiking - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Clay Head Trail


A breathtaking hike along clay bluffs high above the ocean. Offering sweeping vistas over dramatic plunges to the ocean below, the Clay Head Trail boasts some of the most beautiful views of any hike i…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Block Island, RI - Hiking - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Trail


If ever a hike could make you appreciate the efforts of conservation organizations, this is it. Surrounded on all sides by development, Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge offers a welcome slice of nat…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island"
Harmony, RI - Hiking - 1 mile
Published by The Mountaineers Books