Best Cross-Country Skiing in Rhode Island

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

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#1. East Bay Bicycle Path


The trail offers the best way to get to the beach from downtown Providence and is well worth a visit. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Greater Providence and Bristol Counties.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Bristol, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 14.5 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view allBestCross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. South County Bike Path


The South County Bike Path offers a pleasant ride through a mix of rural and suburban landscapes. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Kingston.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Kingston, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 4.3 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Blackstone River Bikeway


Located in the northernmost tip of Rhode Island, this is a gem of a rail-trail, scenic from start to finish. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Providence County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Lincoln , RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 3.5 miles Best Trail in ri - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. John H Chafee Nature Preserve


This hike takes you out to Rome Point, the most reliable spot on Narragansett Bay for viewing seals between October and May. Terrain on the first leg of this route is a flat pebbled access road straig…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
North Kingstown, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 2.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Sachuest Point NationalWildlife Refuge


One of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island, Sachuest Point was farmland used for sheep grazing into the early 1900s and then was used by the U.S. Navy during World War II as a rifle range a…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Newport, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 2.4 miles
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#6. Weetamoo Woods–Pardon Gray Preserve


Not far from the Sakonnet River, on Rhode Island’s eastern shore, this hike takes you through land that the Tiverton community fought hard to preserve. Wood roads and footpaths wind though mixed woo…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Newport, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing - 4.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Simmons Mill Pond


Entirely over sand, gravel, and grass, wide flat wood roads take you past several prime fishing ponds. Once you walk around the gate, you’ll be on a wide sand and gravel access road that appears to be…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Adamsville, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2.1 miles
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#8. Buck Hill Management Area


This route passes through a vast expanse of deciduous woodland, large meadows, and wide swathes of clear-cut forest. Some fields contain crops like corn and grasses to attract wildlife. If you want to…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Pascoag, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 3.5 miles
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#9. Durfee Hill Management Area


This route passes through extensive pine forest, wide open fields, marshland, and around a pond. The sand parking lot is high on a hill overlooking a marsh and a pond off to the left (southeast). To r…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Pascoag, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Mount Tom Trail


This hike up and over Mount Tom, in the vast Arcadia Management Area, features a wide variety of hiking conditions and scenery. You’ll pass under towering red pines, cross swift-moving trout streams,…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Hope Valley, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 5.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Breakheart Trail


Another route within the vast Arcadia Management Area, the Breakheart Trail passes through extensive forest, wide open fields, and marsh. You’ll also skirt around the remnants of an abandoned youth ca…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Hope Valley, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 5.5 miles
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#12. Ben Utter Trail


Another route within Rhode Island’s 14,000-acre Arcadia Management Area, the Ben Utter Trail passes close by Wood River up to Stepstone Falls, passing mill ruins and massive quarried stones. The retur…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Hope Valley, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Carolina South Loop


This route passes through open meadows, dense pine forest, and past two historic cemeteries. The majority of the first half of this route is immersed in a wide open overgrown meadow where, in some spo…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
Hope Valley, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 3.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Great Swamp Management Area


One of the largest preserved marshlands in Rhode Island, this hike takes you into the heart of all the bird-watching action. From ospreys to warblers, numerous waterfowl, and beaver are just some of t…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island"
West Kingston, RI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 4.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides