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.

  • #1 Arcadia Trail

    2 Reviews

    Exeter, RI

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    A winding trail through Rhode Island’s largest protected area. Ask people in the know about hiking and biking in Rhode Island, ...

  • #2 Mount Tom Trail

    5 Reviews

    Exeter, RI

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Ascend cliffs with nice views of Arcadia Management Area. The Mount Tom Trail starts near the banks of the pristine Wood ...

  • #3 George Washington Management Area

    3 Reviews

    Pascoag, RI

    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. ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Ten miles east of Putnam, Connecticut and five miles SW of Pascoag, Rhode Island. Designed with two cut-over trails, the ...

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

    3 Reviews

    Charlestown, RI

    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 ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Charlestown. Two nature trails, a network of abandoned runways, and a stretch of barrier beach welcome hikers. ...

  • #5 George B. Parker Woodland

    2 Reviews

    Coventry, RI

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A long, pleasant ramble through a historic refuge. The most noted feature of the Parker Woodland is its collection of more ...

  • #6 Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

    2 Reviews

    Middletown, RI

    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, ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Seaside trails offer dramatic ocean views in a peaceful setting. With trails designed to follow the coastline at the southeastern ...

  • #7 Pachaug Trail around Beach Pond

    2 Reviews

    Hope Valley, RI

    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, ...
    •  5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The blue-blazed Pachaug Trail, a woods trail that wanders for about 30 miles through southwestern Rhode Island into southeastern ...

  • #8 Arcadia Trail

    1 Reviews

    Hope Valley, RI

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Arcadia Trail in the Arcadia Management Area is maintained by the Rhode Island chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and ...

  • #9 Diamond Hill Trail

    1 Reviews

    Woonsocket, RI

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    All hikers were not created equal—even (especially?) within the same family. Perhaps you have younger children who set a ...

  • #10 Walkabout Trail

    1 Reviews

    Pascoag, RI

    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, ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Walkabout Trail (in Burrillville and Gloucester), with its 2-, 6-, and 8-mile options, is a good first family hike. The ...

  • #11 Pachaug-Tippecansett Loop

    0 Reviews

    Hope Valley, RI

    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 ...
    •  11.1 miles
    •  Guide

    On the Connecticut - Rhode Island border, 7 miles NW of Hope Valley, RI and 16 miles NE of Norwich, CT. This 2-state circuit ...

  • #12 Fort Barton/Sin and Flesh Brook Trail

    2 Reviews

    Point Judith, RI

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    From atop the observation tower at the site of Fort Barton on the Smith Rock Trail, kids will not have a hard time imagining ...

  • #13 Rodmans Hollow Trail

    1 Reviews

    Block Island, RI

    Sitting just 12 miles off the Rhode Island coast, Block Island has been popular as a summer retreat for 120 years. The island is accessible year-round by ferry, and for kids this is sure to be ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Sitting just 12 miles off the Rhode Island coast, Block Island has been popular as a summer retreat for 120 years. The island ...

  • #14 East Beach, Ninigret Conservation Area Trail

    0 Reviews

    Wood River Junction, RI

    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 ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #15 Clay Head Trail

    0 Reviews

    Block Island, RI

    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 ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A breathtaking hike along clay bluffs high above the ocean. Offering sweeping vistas over dramatic plunges to the ocean below, ...

  • #16 Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Trail

    0 Reviews

    Harmony, RI

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    If ever a hike could make you appreciate the efforts of conservation organizations, this is it. Surrounded on all sides by ...

  • #17 Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Trail

    1 Reviews

    West Kingston, RI

    A visit to Fisherville Brook makes for an extremely pleasant and peaceful outing. The five miles of trail on this 937-acre property travel through diverse habitats, including a favorite of kids—a ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A visit to Fisherville Brook makes for an extremely pleasant and peaceful outing. The five miles of trail on this 937-acre ...

  • #18 The Greenway

    2 Reviews

    Block Island, RI

    Explore much of the island’s natural beauty on this trail system. Block Island is only 3 miles wide and 7 miles long, but it boasts about 30 miles of hiking trails, plus 17 miles of pristine ...
    •  5 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Explore much of the island’s natural beauty on this trail system. Block Island is only 3 miles wide and 7 miles long, but ...

  • #19 Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge Trail

    1 Reviews

    Point Judith, RI

    This is by far one of Rhode Island’s most valuable places. Once a farm, the 787-acre Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge now encompasses various wildlife habitats, including Rhode Island’s ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This is by far one of Rhode Island’s most valuable places. Once a farm, the 787-acre Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge ...

  • #20 Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve Trail

    1 Reviews

    Wood River Junction, RI

    If you are looking for a tranquil hike, this is it. You will feel like you are walking, surrounded in bird song, in a sea of green amongst the low-lying shrubs and ferns in the pine and oak forest. ...
    •  4 hours
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    If you are looking for a tranquil hike, this is it. You will feel like you are walking, surrounded in bird song, in a sea ...