Breakheart Pond Trail

Rhode Island

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain320ft
Trailhead Elevation162ft
Top364ft
Elevation Min/Max159/364ft
Elevation Start/End162/162ft

Breakheart Pond Trail

Breakheart Pond Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Kent County and Washington County, Rhode Island. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 162 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 320 feet. This trail connects with the following: Penny Hill Cutoff.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
Steve Mirsky
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"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." Read more
Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Christie Matheson
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"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." Read more

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9/3/2007
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.
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5/23/2006
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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Dec 2018