Breakheart Pond Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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 camp now reduced to mostly stone foundations.Toward the end of the route, you’ll pass under the Breakheart Pond spillway, a popular fishing access point. Please note there are several other trail users such as cross-country skiers, snowshoers, ATV users, and anglers."
--Steve Mirsky, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
"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 eventually leads up Penny Hill, which at 370 feet is a fairly significant peak in Rhode Island. Trees block some of the views from the top, but there are outlooks from ledges along the way.Start by following a white-blazed trail east out of the parking area. In 0.3 mile, this trail connects with the yellow-blazed John B. Hudson Trail and the white-blazed J. B. Hudson Trail, which winds north along Breakheart Brook and is often very wet. To stay dry, follow the yellow blazes north to Breakheart Pond at 0.9 mile, one of the larger ponds in the Arcadia area. At the southern end of the pond, you’ll see a fish ladder built into a dam—this allows fish to migrate upstream into the pond and makes the area a popular spot for anglers."
--Christie Matheson, Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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, reaching Breakheart Pond, crossing rivers and brooks, and touring the rocky ridge of Mount Tom. Travel foot trail and woods roads. Special attractions: Limited pond access; rich, varied woods; mountain laurel and sweet pepperbush; intriguing rocky hilltops; some views; wildlife; fall foliage."
--Rhonda & Greg Ostertag, Hiking Southern New England (Falcon Guides).
A pleasant trail with a number of streams as well as an overgrown cemetery from the 1800's. It's a fairly easy walk with a number of cutoffs you can use to bail out if finishing all thirteen plus miles becomes difficult.
Very pleasant trail. Easy walking and pretty lakes. There are a lot of interesting side trails, and the trail description is just a teaser. The are is definitely worth a couple more visits.
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